THE RODCHENKOV ANTI-DOPING ACT IS LAW!
The U.S. has now criminalized international doping conspiracies.
This is the most meaningful step yet in preventing doping atrocities like the ones carried out by Russia at Sochi 2014.
Athletes are now eligible for restitution when they are defrauded by dopers.
Doping whistleblowers like Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov are now eligible for U.S. Witness Protection.
Celebrate clean sport!
Around 7:30pm Eastern Time today, December 4th, the President signed the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act. The bill had unanimously passed both houses of Congress.
The passage of this bill is the culmination of a 3-year effort to create meaningful change in the global anti-doping landscape. The effort was led by Paul Massaro at the U.S. Helsinki Commission. It would not have passed without the work of Travis Tygart and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency staff, Julia Pacetti, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov and his lawyer Jim Walden, Rob Koehler and the team at Global Athlete, Bryan Fogel and the Icarus team, Jim Swartz and the team at FairSport, Han Xiao and Bree Schaaf at the USOPC Athletes’ Advisory Council, and numerous athletes and athlete groups across the country. Katie Uhlaender, in particular, worked to build momentum for the bill. Finally, Yuliya Stepanova and her husband Vitaly exposed the depth of institutional doping in Russia at great personal risk. The clean sport community is indebted to them.
Special thanks as well to Jessie Diggins, Molly Huddle, and Brittney Reese for working with me to show athlete support for this critical piece of legislation.