Travis Tygart Urges Athlete Safety & Integrity Hearing To Ask IOC & WADA Bosses To Testify [LiveStream]

Travis Tygart

Travis Tygart, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, has encouraged the U.S. Senate to call the I.O.C. President and WADA President to testify before a Senate Committee hearing to answer why justice in the Russian doping crisis has been so long delayed and to address independence issues with WADA’s governance.

Tygart spoke at a hearing into “Athlete Safety and the Integrity of U.S. Sport” being led by U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

The hearing is underway and its purpose is to examine issues under the committee’s sports jurisdiction, including protecting the health and safety of American athletes and enhancing the integrity of U.S. sports.

Dpoing is one issue. Abuse is another.

The statements of witnesses cane be read in full via the links below. Ju’Riese Colón, Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, states:

“To date, we’ve received nearly 5,000 reports and sanctioned 627 individuals from participating in Olympic and Paralympic sport. Cases include grooming behavior, bullying, hazing, forcing athletes to compete through serious injuries, withholding food and water, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape.

“The list of what athletes have had to endure, unfortunately, could go on and on.”

Witnesses:

  • Ms. Ju’Riese Colón, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Center for SafeSport
  • Mr. Tory Lindley, President, National Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • Mr. Travis Tygart, Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

The hearing is taking place at Hart Senate Office Building 216.

Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing can be found here.

The witness testimony statements can be read here:

 

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