Stevens Co-Sponsors Clean
Sports Act of 2005
May 24, 2005
Washington D.C. - United States Senate Commerce Committee Chairman
Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has joined Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.)
in introducing the Clean Sports Act of 2005, a bill that would
set minimum drug-testing standards for major professional sports
leagues. The bill would make it unlawful for a professional
sports organization to operate in interstate commerce without
meeting certain drug-testing requirements.
"I am pleased to join Senator McCain today as an original
co-sponsor on this important piece of legislation," said
Chairman Stevens. "Doping is a stain on all levels of athletics.
It taints the accomplishments of our elite athletes, creates
unattainable expectations for our young athletes, and threatens
their physical well being. This legislation would send a message,
not only to professional athletes, but youngsters as well, that
the use of performance-enhancing substances has no place in sports,
at any level."
The bill would require professional sports leagues to adopt the
banned substances list set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
and adopted and followed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)
when testing U.S. Olympic athletes.
The bill applies to the four major sports leagues, Major League
Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball
Association, and the National Hockey League. Under the bill,
players who test positive for a banned substance would face penalties
similar to the Olympic system, which includes a two-year ban
for the first offense, and a lifetime ban for the second. Players
would be subject to three unannounced tests during their seasons
of play, and two unannounced tests during their leagues' off-seasons.
"This bill takes major steps to address steroids as their
use becomes more pervasive in professional and amateur sports,"
said Stevens. "The Clean Sports Act of 2005 sets strict,
uniform standards and severe penalties for first-time and repeat
offenders, making it clear that a zero tolerance approach is
the best way to ensure that performance-enhancers play no role
in sports in America."
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