Sending Office: Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
We write to you today in defense of fair sport. The proliferation of illegal performance-enhancing drugs (“PEDs”) in sports damages the integrity of competition and defrauds individuals and corporate entities who participate in sporting competitions, including
clean U.S. athletes, U.S. corporate sponsors and companies, and banking institutions.
The complex inner workings of large-scale doping schemes are publicly known due in large part to brave whistleblowers. In 2016, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov exposed the Russian state-sponsored doping scandal that took place during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. By
deceiving international anti-doping authorities and swapping athletes’ samples, Russian officials cheated U.S. athletes out of Olympic glory and U.S. corporations out of honest sponsorships. These corrupt officials used bribes and illicit payments, sometimes
through U.S. financial institutions, to commit this fraud. Unfortunately, the masterminds behind this operation escaped any punitive repercussions for their actions because there was no legal arm to bring them to justice in U.S. Courts.
To ensure that victims of doping fraud receive the justice they deserve, my colleagues and I introduced H.R. 6067, the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act (“RADA”).
Specifically, the RADA Act will:
- Establish criminal penalties for knowingly manufacturing, distributing, and using PEDs. This section applies to all major international competitions in which U.S. athletes or U.S. entities participate, so that international fraud against
Americans will not go unpunished.
- Establish a private civil right of action for doping, giving clean athletes and defrauded corporations and entities the opportunity to pursue civil action against deceptive competition.
- Protect whistleblowers from retaliation, to ensure that intimidation tactics will not be tolerated against those who expose fraudulent schemes. Whistleblowers will have a private right of action if they receive injuries for their exposal.
A level playing field is a better playing field. I hope you will join us as a co-sponsor of this crucial and long-overdue piece of legislation.
For questions or to be added as a co-sponsor please contact Paul Massaro at
Paul.Massaro@mail.house.gov or by phone at 5-1901 or Isabela Belchior at
Isabela.Belchior@mail.house.gov or by phone at 5-3816.
Very Truly Yours,
Sheila Jackson Lee
Member of Congress
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