CSCE 115-2-5: The State of Play: Globalized Corruption, State-Run Doping, and International Sport, Hearing Before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, Second Session, July 25, 2018   [open pdf - 270KB]

This is the July 25, 2018 hearing on "The State of Play: Globalized Corruption, State-Run Doping, and International Sport," held before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. From the opening statement of Benjamin L. Cardin: "Of course, they're trying to adjourn tomorrow until September. The Senate is nowhere near as fortunate; we'll be here forever. But we have votes scheduled at 2:30. And then the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which I serve on, is holding a hearing with Secretary of State Pompeo. It's our first opportunity of any congressional committee to question the Trump administration on the Helsinki summit with Mr. Putin and the Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un. So, there's a lot going on today, and that's just an apology to tell you that there may be some interruptions in our hearing, and we apologize for that. But we wanted you to know that this is an extremely important hearing. What happened in regards to the doping should not be a surprise to any of us. It comes right out of Mr. Putin's playbook. Six months ago, I authored a report on behalf of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in regards to Mr. Putin's asymmetrical-arsenal attack against democratic institutions. It went through a whole host of tools that are used by Mr. Putin, including the weaponization of corruption, which is exactly what we saw in the doping issue. We know that Mr. Putin is interested in winning the battle on form of government. His main target is Europe, but he's also been very active in the United States." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Travis Tygart, Katie Uhlaender, Yuliya Stepanova, Dagmar Freitag, and Jim Walden.

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