Sending Office: Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission)
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Over 40 Olympic and Professional Sports Bodies Send Letter Endorsing Rodchenkov Act

“Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act of 2019”

 

Cosponsors (27): 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 BassHarley Rouda, Bennie Thompson

Endorsed by: Fairsport, Global Athlete, Lakeshore Foundation, LeMond Bicycles, Logan University, HPMO of USA Para Powerlifting, Major League Baseball (MLB), National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), PGA TOUR, Protect Our
Youth from Steroids, TRACE International, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), U.S. Biathlon, U.S. Figure Skating, U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee Athletes’ Advisory Council, U.S. Sailing, U.S. Ski and Snowboard,
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Athletes’ Council, U.S. Speedskating, U.S. Squash, USA Archery, USA Boccia, USA Curling, USA Diving, USA Field Hockey, USA Golf, USA Hockey, USA Karate, USA Luge, USA Roller Sports, USA Rugby, USA Softball, USA Surfing, USA Swimming,
USA Swimming Athletes’ Executive Committee, USA Synchro, USA Team Handball, USA Track and Field, USA Track and Field Athletes Advisory Committee, USA Triathlon, USA Volleyball, USA Water Ski & Wake Sports, USA Weightlifting, USA Wrestling, USAPM

 

Dear Colleague,

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
    conspirators.
  • 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).

 

Sincerely,

 

Sheila Jackson Lee

Member of Congress

 

Dr. Michael Burgess

Member of Congress

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