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US anti-doping bill welcomed as 'monumental day' in the fight for clean sport amid WADA criticism

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A bill passed by the United States Senate has been heralded as a new dawn in the fight against doping in sport, but the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) remains unconvinced.

The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act (RADA), which passed unopposed in the Senate on Monday and now only requires presidential approval before becoming law, would impose criminal sanctions on individuals involved in doping at major international sports competitions that feature US athletes, sponsors and broadcasters.

Named after whistleblower Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who was instrumental in exposing the Russian doping scandal, the Act targets a sports star's entourage -- coaches, doctors, agents and officials -- as well as athletes themselves.

Last December, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) unanimously agreed to ban Russia from major international sporting competitions -- including the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup -- for four years over doping non-compliance

"It is likely to lead to overlapping laws in different jurisdictions that will compromise having a single set of anti-doping rules for all sports and all anti-doping organizations under the World Anti-Doping Code. "

Walden, however, said he is confident the Act would create an "international system of cooperation" when it comes doping, while also pointing out that encompassing US domestic sport would be unnecessary given current laws already in place.

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