Sending Office: Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)
NFL Endorses Rodchenkov Act
“Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act of 2019”
Cosponsors (25): Michael Burgess, Steve Cohen, Richard Hudson, Diana DeGette, Peter King, Alcee Hastings, Billy Long, Hank Johnson, Chris Smith, Gwen Moore,
Brian Fitzpatrick, Bobby Rush, Jim Jordan, Paul Tonko, Yvette Clark, Marcia Fudge, Barbara Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Sanford Bishop, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Danny Davis, Cedric Richmond, James Clyburn, Marc Veasey, Karen Bass
Endorsed by: National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), National Hockey League (NHL), U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council, USA Track and Field,
USA Track and Field Athletes’ Committee, U.S. Ski and Snowboard, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Athletes’ Council, USA Curling, USA Golf, USA Roller Sports, USA Swimming, USA Team Handball, USA Triathlon, USA Weightlifting, FairSport, and TRACE International
Doping fraud conspiracies damage the integrity of competition and defraud individuals and corporate entities who participate in international sport, including clean U.S. athletes, sponsors, 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 U.S. legal mechanism to bring them to justice.
To ensure that victims of doping fraud receive the justice they deserve, we have introduced the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act (“RADA”).
Specifically, RADA will:
- Establish criminal penalties for participating in a scheme in commerce to influence a major international sport competition through prohibited substances or methods. This section applies to all major international sport competitions in
which U.S. athletes participate, and where organizing entities receive sponsorship from companies doing business in the United States or are compensated for the right to broadcast their competition there. Penalties will include fines of up to $1,000,000, or
imprisonment of up to ten years, depending on the offense.
- Provide restitution to victims of such conspiracies. Athletes and other persons who are victims of major international doping fraud conspiracies shall be entitled to mandatory restitution for losses inflicted upon them by fraudsters and
- Protect whistleblowers from retaliation. By criminalizing participation in a major international doping fraud conspiracy, whistleblowers will be included under existing witness and informant protection laws.
- Establish coordination and sharing of information with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Federal agencies involved in the fight against doping shall coordinate and share information with USADA, whose mission is to preserve the
integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of athletes, to enhance their collective efforts to curb doping fraud.
I hope you will join us as a co-sponsor of this crucial and long-overdue piece of legislation.
Please direct inquires to Paul Massaro of the U.S. Helsinki Commission staff (Paul.Massaro@mail.house.gov), Remmington Belford of Rep. Jackson Lee’s staff (Remmington.Belford@mail.house.gov),
and/or Rachel Huggins of Rep. Burgess’s staff (Rachel.Huggins@mail.house.gov).
Sheila Jackson Lee
Member of Congress
Dr. Michael Burgess
Member of Congress
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