US passes law to criminalise doping

A invoice permitting the United States to prosecute anybody concerned in doping at worldwide occasions has been signed into regulation by US president Donald Trump.external-link

The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act – named after Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov – targets coaches, brokers and officers, slightly than athletes.

Offenders might be jailed for 10 years.

“Dopers should be on clear notice: there is a new sheriff in town, so cheat at your own peril,” an announcement from Rodchenkov learn.

Those who’re discovered responsible might be fined as much as $1m (£745,000) in addition to a jail sentence.

The invoice was handed unopposed by the US Senate in November.

It doesn’t apply to US skilled and school sports activities, as current United States Anti-Doping Agency legal guidelines cowl any offences.

The regulation has been criticised by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which beforehand stated it was involved the laws would “disrupt the global legal anti-doping framework”.

“We hope that other countries will join us in this fight by adopting their own anti-doping laws and partnering with the US on cross-border law enforcement cooperation to protect the rights of clean athletes everywhere,” Rodchenkov’s assertion added.