Breaking News         Latest US News              New York News              Fx Tribune

How to Become a Profitable Forex Trader in 2018
Sign up for one of our email newsletters.Updated 45 minutes ago U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy noticed something different about the House subcommittee hearing he chaired Tuesday. “We rarely have applause after testimony,” Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, said after...

Olympian Phelps makes splash at anti-doping hearing chaired by Rep. Murphy

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.Updated 45 minutes ago U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy noticed something different about the House subcommittee hearing he chaired Tuesday. “We rarely have applause after testimony,” Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, said after...

Olympian Phelps makes splash at anti-doping hearing chaired by Rep. Murphy

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Updated 45 minutes ago

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy noticed something different about the House subcommittee hearing he chaired Tuesday.

“We rarely have applause after testimony,” Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, said after Olympic legend Michael Phelps addressed the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian with 28 medals, headlined a hearing on ways to strengthen the anti-doping system in international sports. It lasted more than two hours.

A Russian doping scandal cast a cloud over the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro last summer. In the weeks leading to the games, international sports officials contemplated barring Russia from participating because of allegations the country had run a state-sponsored doping program to gain an edge in international competition and covered up positive results. In the end, the International Olympic Committee cleared nearly 300 Russian athletes to compete but barred more than 100.

“Within the anti-doping community, there are concerns regarding organizational structure and how the current system creates an environment where individuals are both policing and promoting the sport,” said Murphy, who has chaired the oversight and investigations subcommittee since 2013.

Murphy pointed to conflicts of interest in the World Anti-Doping Agency, noting some senior leaders hold policy-making positions within various sports organizations.

Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, equated that to “the fox guarding the henhouse” in his testimony.

Dr. Richard Budgett, medical and scientific director for the IOC, testified that IOC officials are “actually in the process of relinquishing all control over anti-doping and are going to pass it to this independent testing authority,” referring to the World Anti-Doping Agency.

That agency's deputy director general, Rob Koehler, expressed a willingness to remove people affiliated with sports organizations from the group's governing bodies that would oversee or decide upon potential doping sanctions.

Koehler said it's vital to protect whistle-blowing athletes who come forward with allegations of doping.

Phelps, 31, said he “never voiced opinions really before this year” about doping in swimming, a sport he dominated in more than 15 years of international competition.

“I have always stayed in my lane, so to say,” Phelps said, even though he suspected throughout his career that some of the athletes he competed against were doping — particularly ones from foreign countries where testing and monitoring of athletes might not be as stringent as he said it is in the United States.

But now that Phelps says he has retired, he's more willing to speak out.

“All athletes must be held to the same standards, which need to be implemented and enforced with consistency and independence,” Phelps said. “The time to act is now. We must do what is necessary to ensure the system is fair and reliable, so we can all believe in it.”

Tom Fontaine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7847 or tfontaine@tribweb.com.

Our editors found this article on this site using Google and regenerated it for our readers.

Breaking News Headlines

banner30
How to Start a Java Programming Career?
How to Start a Java Programming Career?
Tips For Shooting Better Landscape Photographs
Tips For Shooting Better Landscape Photographs
Understanding Available Commercial Property Insurance Policies
Understanding Available Commercial Property Insurance Policies
Ways To Use Gambling In Society To Make Money
Ways To Use Gambling In Society To Make Money
How To Choose Best Accessories for Yoga Practice
How To Choose Best Accessories for Yoga Practice
UK Prostitution Policies Challenged in High Court
UK Prostitution Policies Challenged in High Court
Five simple steps to trade the options like a pro
Five simple steps to trade the options like a pro
How to Become a Profitable Forex Trader in 2018
How to Become a Profitable Forex Trader in 2018
Away From the US? Here are 5 Places You Can Still Watch the Super Bowl
Away From the US? Here are 5 Places You Can Still Watch the Super Bowl
Venus Williams' Phone Records Will Be Subpoenaed in Wrongful Death Case
Venus Williams' Phone Records Will Be Subpoenaed in Wrongful Death Case
4 Things You Need to Understand About DUI Charges
4 Things You Need to Understand About DUI Charges
Top 6 Facts You Should Know About Muay Thai
Top 6 Facts You Should Know About Muay Thai
POLLS Results ALL
Who is the most powerful actor in Syria

banner31
Front Pages
  • The Sun
NEWS ARCHIVES