The State of the (Doping) Nation Address by Travis Tygart, CEO of USADA
USADA is well-known for being at the forefront of the fight against doping and for being an unashamed champion of clean athletes. Under the inspired leadership of Travis Tygart, USADA has achieved notable successes, not least with the exposing of Lance Armstrong and more recently in relation to the Nike Oregon Project (NOP). Travis has long called for a more robust approach from WADA, particularly in relation to how it responds to serial Code transgressors.
In this session we will hear Travis’s views on his anti-doping journey including insights from the Armstrong and NOP investigations, his take on the ideal model for truly protecting clean athletes, the behaviour and treatment of Russia and what steps should be taken to address and improve the regulation of anti-doping measures globally.
Travis Tygart - Chief Executive Officer, USADA
Travis T. Tygart has worked with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for more than 15 years and became USADA’s Chief Executive Officer in September of 2007. As CEO, Tygart works closely with the USADA Board of Directors to carry out the organization’s mission of preserving the integrity of competition, inspiring true sport, and protecting the rights of clean athletes. Tygart has also reached out and made himself available to many Olympic athletes, embracing them as an essential part of the fight against doping.
Under Tygart’s leadership, some of USADA’s most significant efforts to protect clean athletes have come in the form of major investigations. Working alongside federal authorities, USADA investigated the international steroid bust, Operation Raw Deal, and the international doping conspiracy involving the BALCO laboratory in San Francisco. Tygart also led the investigation into the U.S. Postal Service pro-cycling team doping conspiracy and spearheaded the publication of the Reasoned Decision in the Lance Armstrong case. Tygart’s tenure as CEO also produced the groundbreaking research on the importance of true sport: “What Sport Means in America,” and the “TrueSport Report.”
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