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Proposed Rodchenkov Act Drives Russia Apoplectic

Foreign Ministry called the US goal when considering the “Rodchenkov law”


The Russian Foreign Ministry is concerned about new attempts to counter the extraterritorial application of US law to generally accepted international anti-doping mechanisms. On January 30, the draft of the “G. Rodchenkov law” was once again submitted to the US Congress.

 Photo: Gennady Khamelyanin / TASS

Photo: Gennady Khamelyanin / TASS

“It is symptomatic that the authors of the bill do not hide that the reason for its re-consideration was the recently established constructive dialogue between WADA and relevant Russian organizations. comments of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The bewilderment of the Russian Foreign Ministry causes the main danger of the “G. Rodchenkov law” – the possibility of bringing to criminal responsibility in the United States of participants in international competitions held in other countries. In its comments, the Russian Foreign Ministry draws attention to the “anectodical situation” of this bill, according to which, a particularly heavy responsibility – up to 10 years in prison – comes when the use of doping leads to the loss of American athletes.

The Russian Foreign Ministry points out that the bill is being examined against the backdrop of the reluctance of the Americans themselves to give an adequate assessment of the latest high-profile revelations connected with the large-scale and systematic use of doping by famous American athletes.

On Smolenskaya Square they hope that the US lawmakers will think about the inadmissibility of mixing sport with politics, because it would be destructive for the international sports movement.

Earlier, the International Olympic Committee criticized the “G. Rodchenkov law”, drawing attention to the fact that all athletes participating in international competitions could be affected by it.

Source: https://rg.ru/2019/02/01/mid-nazval-celi-ssha-pri-rassmotrenii-zakona-rodchenkova.html

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