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Statement from USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart On the Introduction of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act

Statement from USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart On the Introduction of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act

Press Release

1st September 2020

he introduction of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act marks a historic moment for thoroughbred horse racing. This game-changing, bipartisan legislation will protect the health and safety of equine athletes and provide clean competitors a level playing field.
 
We thank Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Martha McSally, and Congressman Paul Tonko and Andy Barr, for their leadership and dedication to saving the sport of horse racing and protecting equine athletes across the country.
 
USADA is honored and humbled to carry out the anti-doping responsibilities detailed in the Act, implementing uniform rules through our independent model in service of clean competition. As with Olympic sport, one set of rules, enforced independently and uniformly, is the bedrock of any meaningful anti-doping program.
 
We look forward to rolling up our sleeves and working with key stakeholders in the industry to develop the protocols and tools needed to ensure healthy competition for horses and jockeys, and to assure the integrity and longevity of horse racing itself.

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