With a niche practice that operates out of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s backyard, Bryan Cave partner Rich Young and his team have been ingrained in seemingly every major development in anti-doping efforts for nearly two decades.
The Colorado Springs-based attorney and former co-chair of Bryan Cave’s litigation practice group has helped prosecut athletes from Lance Armstrong to Marion Jones, not to mention drafted the international rules for policing performance enhancement in sports.
Anti-doping is a sports law niche that maintains major relevance, perhaps to the chagrin of the international athletics community. If anything, recent headlines remind us that performance enhancement investigations can implicate not only individual athletes but also national sports programs.
On Dec. 9, independent investigator Professor Richard McLaren issued the second part of a two-part report addressed to the World Anti-Doping Agency on his investigation into the doping practices for Russia’s national athletics programs. The report concluded that there was an institutionalized doping conspiracy and cover-up that could have benefited more than 1,000 Russian athletes from the 2012 Summer Games in London to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.