Support for Federal Anti-Doping Bill Waning | FTI Consulting

Support for Federal Anti-Doping Bill Seems to Be Waning

Forensic & Litigation Consulting | Law360, November 6, 2019 (Reprint)

December 10, 2019

Following revelations in recent years about a massive state-sponsored Russian doping conspiracy that have corrupted the results of multiple Olympic Games, the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act of 2019, or RADA, passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is now working its way through the Senate.

While RADA would give U.S. prosecutors a more direct method to prove a doping conspiracy, there are already many tools available to investigate and punish corruption in sports, although none thus far specifically target doping. Over the years, high-profile civil and criminal cases in sports have brought charges under several different laws, including:

  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
  • Travel Act
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • False Claims Act

In this article published by, Gavin Parrish and Miguel Salcedo from FTI Consulting’s Global Risk and Investigations practice explore the sordid history of crime and corruption in the world of sports and the creative ways that wrongdoers were brought to justice.

This is an extract from Law360, first published November 6, 2019. The whole publication is available at

"In 2016, whistleblower Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov exposed the massive Russian state-sponsored doping that took place during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The international outcry, and the weak response from the International Olympic Committee was chronicled in 2017’s Academy award-winning documentary, “Icarus.”[1]

In January, the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act[2] was introduced in both houses of Congress with bipartisan sponsorship, responding to the widely perceived lackadaisical enforcement by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the IOC.

[1] Netflix Wins First Feature Documentary Oscar with ‘Icarus’, Variety

[2] H.R.835 - Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act of 2019,"

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