Rodchenkov’s Anti-Doping Law changes the rules of the game, says Tygart By Reuters

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By Steve Keating (Reuters) – After several doping scandals, the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Law will offer hope that broadcasters and sponsors will achieve drug-free competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the director of the United States Anti-Doping Agency United (USADA), Travis Tygart said on Friday. As part of a Hudson (NYSE 🙂 Institute panel that discussed how the Rodchenkov Act can help clean up doping fraud in international sports, Tygart praised the legislation enacted Dec. 4 by then-US President Donald Trump. , like a “game changer”. The law is named after whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, who helped expose Russia’s state-sponsored doping program. It extends the jurisdiction of law enforcement agencies of the United States to international sports competitions that involve American athletes or have financial connections to the United States. “I think it will be a game changer for both the athletes and the fans and sponsors,” Tygart said. “Hopefully the backers will finally get the return on their investments, the value of what they are paying for when the time comes to broadcast.” NBC has paid out several billion dollars to broadcast the Tokyo 2020 Games to be held this summer in the United States. and it goes back to 2016, 2014, 2012, what they paid they didn’t get ”. Investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have recovered evidence of widespread Russian state-sponsored doping since the 2012 Summer Olympics. Dozens of positive doping tests years after the London 2012 Games have resulted in elimination of many medals, most of them from Russian athletes. Russian track and field athletes were barred from the 2016 Rio Olympics for doping, while the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in Russia were marred by the country’s elaborate doping plan to help its own athletes win more medals. . The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, held under the cloud of the Russian doping scandal, were not included in Tygart’s list of tainte d The games unfolded without much controversy over drugs. Russia, which has acknowledged some shortcomings in the implementation of its anti-doping policies in the past, denies having a state-sponsored doping program. Tygart, however, warned that any company, sports governing body or country that is plotting ways to profit from doping fraud at future Olympics or major events will not only have to deal with WADA but the US Department of Justice. Pointing to the “FIFA blueprint,” Tygart explained that those involved in doping fraud can now expect the same harsh treatment that soccer officials caught in the money laundering and bribery scandal that caused dozens of people were dismissed, fined or sent to prison. 2015 onwards. The Rodchenkov Act has provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the hammer to hammer in at those seeking to profit from doping fraud. “Organized crime will discover any possible way to monetize the variables associated with sports,” said Joseph Gillespie, FBI Chief of Unit / Program Strategist, Transnational Threats. “In the past we have had to rely on some peripheral crimes to reach the group and stop their activities.” Right now, with this act, this gives us that huge hammer. ”

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