The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) expressed concern about the U.S. Senate’s decision to pass an antidoping law named after Grigory Rodchenkov, a WADA informant. The corresponding statement of the agency was published on Tuesday, November 17.
“WADA and other stakeholders continue to believe that some of the very important elements of this law will have unintended consequences and violate the global legal anti-doping system currently recognized by 190 countries, including the United States,” the statement said.
It stresses that no country has ever asserted criminal jurisdiction over doping offences committed outside its national borders.
The WADA believes this could lead to “duplication of laws across jurisdictions, jeopardizing the availability of a single set of anti-doping rules for all sports.
“This law could result in other countries adopting similar legislation, thereby exposing U.S. citizens and sports organizations to similar extraterritorial jurisdictions and criminal sanctions, many of which could be political or apply to discrimination against specific nationalities,” the agency noted.
Earlier Tuesday it became known that the U.S. Senate passed a bill that allows U.S. courts to impose criminal penalties for doping at competitions in which athletes from the United States participate.
The bill is named after Grigory Rodchenkov, a WADA informant. The document establishes penalties for “fraudulent doping schemes that rob athletes, citizens and businesses”.