(Video) Michael Phelps Addresses Congress About Anti-Doping

Photo Courtesy: CSPAN

On Tuesday, 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps testified before the U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in hopes of boosting Congressional support for anti-doping operations.

In his statement at the start of the hearing, Phelps explained that doping has been something of a cloud over the sport throughout his career, and the possibility of other athletes using performance-enhancing drugs erodes trust in the system.

Phelps also discussed the current anti-doping framework and explained why he felt such procedures were valuable. He advocated for consistency and independence in anti-doping.

He concluded by discussing swimmers who could potentially break some of his records, explaining that they will abandon their goals if they do not believe in the fairness of the system. Watch the full video of his speech, courtesy of CSPAN, below.

The full text of Phelps’ testimony, released Monday, can be found here.

10 Comments

10 comments

  1. Tom Sacco

    Great job Michael! You continue to make the swimming world proud of you!

  2. Bob Roe

    Powerful, inspiring, right minded and heartfelt words from one of the best athletes of all time. Superbly done!

  3. Juan Benitez

    Great job Michael… Keep it up..

  4. Karen Fisher

    Excellent remarks Michael. Well done for sports.

  5. Noria Gaier

    Fab! I like how he puts commitment and hard work before talent! ????????

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    NG

    Well said, excellent points. I like when commitment, hard work comes before talent in his speech. ????????

  7. Ken Holland

    The real deal ….. Stick around kid, we miss you !

  8. Mio Mio

    The same story like Lens Armstrong just wait to see !

Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is the host of Swimming World TV and a staff writer. A contributor to Swimming World since 2009, he has covered NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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