Sens. Moran, Blumenthal Introduce Legislation to Prepare U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for 2028 Summer Olympics
Mar 09 2021
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) – members of the Commerce Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the health and safety of amateur athletes – introduced legislation to reauthorize the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in preparation for the 2028 Summer Olympics.
In 2001, Congress recognized USADA as the official anti-doping agency for the Olympics, Paralympics, Pan American and Parapan Games to help combat the use of performance-enhancing drugs and create a fair and level playing field for our athletes. USADA is a non-profit organization that is partially funded through the Office of National Drug Control Policy and is responsible for administering testing, processing results, providing drug reference resources, educating athletes on drug regulations and conducting research.
“Since its inception, USADA has modeled integrity and fair competition for the international athletic community and anti-doping agencies around the world,” said Sen. Moran. “As the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles approaches, this legislation is important to make certain USADA has the tools and resources it needs to ensure all American athletes are competing in fair trials leading up to the Games.”
“Anti-doping efforts are essential in leveling the playing field for all athletes and helping preserve the integrity of competitive sports,” said Sen. Blumenthal. “As the United States prepares to host the world at the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, this legislation ensures that our nation’s anti-doping agency has the resources it needs to promote fair and healthy competition among athletes. USADA’s efforts set an especially important foundation for our young athletes, teaching them about the dangers of using performance-enhancing drugs and encouraging clean sporting early on in their careers.”
"USADA applauds Senators Moran and Blumenthal for introducing legislation to reauthorize the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency,” said CEO of USADA Travis Tygart. “For 20 years, we have made great strides on behalf of clean athletes not just in the US but around the world. With the resources provided in this legislation, and the strong support of Congress, we will continue to be a global leader in the fight for the integrity of sport and the protection of clean athletes. By enacting the USADA Reauthorization Act, the U.S. sends a strong signal to athletes worldwide preparing for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo this summer of its commitment to clean sport. "
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