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Michael Phelps Calls For Independent Drug Testing At Congressional Anti-Doping Hearing

February 28th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Michael Phelps never climbed a starting block in international competition with the confidence he was about to swim against a field free of drug cheats. 

“Throughout my career, I have suspected that some athletes were cheating, and in some cases those suspicions were confirmed,” Phelps told a congressional subcommittee Tuesday at a hearing on international anti-doping efforts. “Given all the testing I, and so many others, have been through, I have a hard time understanding this.”

Phelps’ testimony represented the strongest step he has taken toward becoming a leading voice in the anti-doping movement. It’s a role he said he wanted to embrace when he retired from competitive swimming after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Members of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations expressed astonishment at Phelps’ testimony and the pervasive culture of cheating he addressed

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