U.S. President Donald Trump signed the so-called “Rodchenkov Act,” named after the former director of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov.
According to the press service of the White House, this legislation provides for the possibility of criminal prosecution by the United States of any person for involvement in doping conspiracy in international competitions involving the United States.
“Act 835, the ‘Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act of 2019,’ which imposes criminal sanctions against certain individuals involved in international doping conspiracies and requires redress for victims of such conspiracies,” the statement reads.
The “Rodchenkov Act” refers to the manufacture, distribution, and use of prohibited drugs. Violators face up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If a group of people violated the law, the fine would be up to $1 million.
According to Article 6 of the Act, “certain agencies, including the Department of Justice” should share information only with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency “regarding any investigation of a potential violation of Article 3 of the Act.
In fact, this confirms the position of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Earlier, they stated that the adoption of the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act in the United States means that Washington is positioning itself as the “chief arbiter” in the world of sports.
Interestingly, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has unexpectedly found itself in solidarity with Moscow’s opinion. Mainly precisely because the “Rodchenkov Act” is not officially directed against Russia alone.
In this regard, WADA has sounded the alarm – they have suddenly determined that the American “Rodchenkov Act” endangers the entire system for combating doping violations in world sports.