State Duma deputy and Olympic champion in speed skating Svetlana Zhurova reacted to the words of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who warned about the dangers of using the “Rodchenkov act” by the United States in international sports. Her words are quoted by “Gazeta.Ru”.
Zhurova drew attention to the fact that the American authorities can now conduct investigations against, in their opinion, suspicious organizers of competitions, athletes, doctors or coaches and deport them to their territory from any country. She explained that the United States is ready to” kidnap ” Russian athletes because of the confrontation between the countries.
On September 2, Lavrov criticized the United States for trying to monopolize the fight against doping. In his opinion, there is a need for transparent methods of identifying violators that are the same for everyone.
The Rodchenkov Act allows the United States to initiate criminal proceedings against athletes who have violated anti-doping rules. The law was adopted in November 2020. It is named after the former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory and an informant of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Grigory Rodchenkov. In 2015, he fled to the United States. His testimony formed the basis of Richard McLaren’s report on the state system of doping support in Russia. As a result of the investigation, a number of Russian athletes were disqualified and deprived of awards.