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Statement from USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart on the Senate Passage of the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act

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“USADA thanks all of those who collaborated on the creation and passage of The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act of 2019 (RADA), which passed in the U.S. Senate today unopposed.  RADA was passed unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives in October of last year.  The Act will provide the tools needed to protect clean athletes and hold accountable international doping conspiracies that defraud sport, sponsors and that harm athletes. We are particularly grateful for the hard work of the members and staff of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, along with Chairman Wicker and Ranking Member Cantwell and their staffs for their leadership in moving the bill through the Senate Commerce Committee and the full Senate.”

“The Act establishes criminal penalties for systems that carry out doping-fraud schemes that rob athletes, citizens and businesses. It also protects whistleblowers from retaliation and provides restitution for athletes defrauded by conspiracies to dope. It is a monumental day in the fight for clean sport worldwide and we look forward to seeing the Act soon become law and help change the game for clean athletes for the good.”

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