People close to Valieva could face 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine for violating U.S. law

2022-05-12 0 By

On February 14 (Beijing time), the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected an appeal by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the World Anti-Doping Organization (WADA) and the International Skating Union (ISU) to the COURT of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), allowing Valieva to continue competing in the individual events of the subsequent Winter Olympics.The Associated Press even reported that valieva’s entourage violated U.S. law and could face up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine under U.S. law.(I think the doping thing is wrong, but since when is American law the law of the world?)Anti-doping experts say the incident falls within the scope of a recently enacted U.S. law that criminalizes doping programs in sports involving American athletes, the Associated Press reported.The law calls for fines of up to $1 million and prison sentences of up to 10 years for those involved in doping schemes that affect international sport.The Associated Press reported that the Rodchenkov anti-doping Law was recently introduced in the United States.One of its authors, lawyer Jim Walden, said of valieva’s case: “Under the new law, doctors and coaches who administer performance-enhancing drugs are directly liable.They risk jail time, heavy fines and confiscation.I think it’s hot on the FBI road.”The U.S. media outlet said Valieva is only now, and is considered a “protected person” under global anti-doping rules, so the sanction could be light.In addition to potentially stripping the Russian team of its MEDALS, it does not exempt her entourage from potential anti-doping penalties, which Walden and other American lawyers believe are also expected to come under investigation by American law enforcement.The Associated Press said the Rodchenkov anti-doping law was not designed to go after athletes.It targets coaches, doctors and other members of athletes’ entourages accused of arranging doping programs at any event involving American athletes, sponsors or broadcasters.The bill, backed by Walden and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, among others, passed both houses of Congress unanimously and was signed into law in December 2020.The first use of the law came last month, when federal officials accused A doctor of providing drugs to “Athlete A,” identified by the Associated Press as A Nigerian sprinter who had long trained in the United States.The Ioc and the World Anti-Doping Agency lobbied against parts of the bill.Their main argument is that it gives American law enforcement too much influence in policing anti-doping cases that take place outside its borders.Critics of WADA and the IOC argue that the law was passed because the international anti-doping system has proved it cannot police itself.They point out that sanctions against Russia over the past eight years have had little effect. Some of those sanctions led to the suspension and reform of RUSADA, the agency overseeing the case, for years, but with little effect.”Although the law provides for severe penalties, it is hard to imagine U.S. authorities going after Russians when they are indicted,” the U.S. outlet said.Still, prosecutions have an impact.This could reduce their influence to travel or teach outside Russia, as the US has extradition agreements with dozens of countries around the world.”