WADA monitors new anti-doping act in US

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) monitors a new anti-doping act in the United States, which aims at criminalizing international doping conspiracies, said WADA president Craig Reedie here.

The act, named the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, was passed by U.S. House of Representatives about two weeks before the 3-day World Conference on Doping in Sport that started in the Polish city on Tuesday.

The act would make doping in international competitions a criminal offense subjected to prison sentences of up to 10 years and fines up to 1 million U.S. dollars.

Outgoing WADA president Reedie said the bill is yet to be passed by the Senate and they are aware of the potential problems the bill would bring.

“We have seen the drafts of the legislation… there are many new bills which appear before the U.S. congress each year don’t always pass through,” said Reedie.

He said the many aspects of the Act are “acceptable” but what troublesome is “the suggestion that American jurisdiction would go beyond the U.S. and it might create liability in other parts of the world.”

“We are aware of the situation. We monitor it,” he said.