MOSCOW • The Kremlin yesterday expressed "concern" over a United States anti-doping bill that grants US officials the power to prosecute individuals responsible for doping conspiracies.
The legislation - called the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act - received formal approval in the US Senate on Monday.
However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the bill "evokes nothing but concern". He added: "We are highly critical of any attempts by the United States to spread its jurisdiction to other countries."
The Rodchenkov Act is named after whistle-blower Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Russia's national anti-doping laboratory, who set in motion the Russia doping scandal in 2016.
He was heavily involved in a state-backed conspiracy designed to cover up Russia's cheating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and now lives in hiding in the United States.
The bill now requires a signature from US President Donald Trump before it becomes law.
Unlike the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) which can sanction athletes, the Rodchenkov Act targets the entourage of athletes - coaches, agents, managers - and can lead to fines of up to US$1 million (S$1.34 million) or a prison term of up to 10 years.
A Wada spokesman on Monday expressed concern that similar bills could emerge in other countries for political reasons.
But US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) chief executive Travis Tygart has insisted the legislation offers greater protection for both clean athletes and whistle-blowers.