07/21/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/21/2021 16:09
WASHINGTON - Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), recently named the Co-Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), also known as the Helsinki Commission, today presided at a hearing on 'The First Clean Olympics? Rodchenkov Act Enforcement at Toyko.' The Commission heard from expert witnesses on the effort to hold those accountable for the unfair advantage provided by performance-enhancing drugs as the Olympic Games begin in Tokyo.
In questioning witnesses, Co-Chairman Cohen asked about the case of sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson, recently banned from the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team in Tokyo after testing positive for marijuana. Co-Chairman Cohen urged those involved to change the international sports rules regarding marijuana use, which is not illegal in many U.S. states, since he said it is not a performance-enhancing drug.
Congressman Cohen asked about tools available to law enforcement to prosecute those, like athletic sponsors, who benefit from performance-enhancing doping.
See Co-Chairman Cohen's entire line of questioning here.
Witnesses at today's Commission hearing were: