Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Introduces Legislation to Tackle the Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in International Sports

Style Magazine Newswire | 6/12/2018, 1:03 p.m.
Jackson Lee: “Doping fraud is a crime in which big money, state assets, and transnational criminals are involved and honest ...
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

“This has been the story of Alysia Montaño, a U.S. runner who competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics games in London. She placed fifth place in the 800 meters behind two Russian women finishing first and third. These women were later found to have engaged in doping fraud by WADA, which means that Ms. Montaño had rightfully finished third, which would have earned her a bronze medal. Ms. Montaño estimates that doping fraud cost her ‘maybe half a million dollars, if you look at rollovers and bonuses, and that’s without outside sponsorship maybe coming in.’ She adds, ‘That’s not why you’re doing it, but you still deserve it.’ She certainly does. Until now, defrauded U.S. athletes and companies have had little recourse against doping fraud.

“The legislation I have introduced is bipartisan, and bears the name of a courageous whistleblower, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, a courageous man who revealed the true extent of the complex state-run doping scheme which permitted Russia to perform as well as it did in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and which resulted in its ban from the 2018 Olympic Games. While he was complicit in Russia’s past bad acts, Dr. Rodchenkov regrets his past role in Russia’s state-run doping program and seeks to atone for it by aiding the effort to clean up international sports and to curb the corruption rampant in Russia. The RADA is an important step to stemming the tide of Russian corruption in sport and restoring confidence in international competition.”