Confirmed witnesses for the Tuesday hearing include:
- Mr. Michael Phelps, American swimmer and Olympic gold medalist
- Mr. Adam Nelson, American shot putter and Olympic gold medalist
- Mr. Travis Tygart, Chief Executive Officer, United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)
- Mr. Rob Koehler, Deputy Director General, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
- Dr. Richard Budgett, Medical and Scientific Director, International Olympic Committee (IOC)
February 22, 2017
Michael Phelps among five expected to testify about anti-doping
Michael Phelps will be among five people testifying about anti-doping before a congressional subcommittee next week.
The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which is part of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, will hold a hearing, “Ways to Improve and Strengthen the Anti-Doping System,” on Tuesday morning.
Among others expected to testify are: Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency; Richard Budgett, medical and scientific director for the International Olympic Committee; Rob Koehler, deputy director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency; and Adam Nelson, American shot putter and Olympic gold medalist.
“For centuries, the Olympic Games have been a source of inspiration and pride, bringing nations and cultures together in the spirit of competition. In recent years, however, the specter of doping has reemerged, tarnishing the image of the games and raising new questions about the fairness of international sport,” Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) said in a joint statement.
“Next week’s hearing marks an important conversation with some key players to examine the international anti-doping system and identify ways we can strengthen it to ensure clean, competitive sport.”
Phelps retired after the Rio Olympics as the most decorated Olympian of all time, winning 28 medals in five Games.
Nelson received his shot put gold medal from the 2004 Olympics more than a decade after those Games. He initially was awarded the silver medal but received gold after Ukraine’s Yuriy Bilonoh was stripped of his title for a doping violation in 2013. …
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