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Cycling doping documentary 'Icarus' wins Oscar

07 March 2018

"Icarus", an original documentary produced by Netflix in which a Londoner features prominently, has won the Oscar for best documentary. In the intense film, Dr Rodchenkov reveals that the Russian Sports Ministry put together a method of manipulating anti-doping testing at the Winter Games in Sochi by sample-swapping and taking cocktails of banned drugs.

The movie premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and screened last summer in Chilmark as part of the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival.

"And here, after 12 or more years of chasing Lance Armstrong since 1999, with him being the "most tested athlete on planet earth", this guy had still never failed a drug test". Grigory Rodchenkov "a fearless whistleblower who now lives in grave danger".

"It all unfolded very quickly", producer Dan Cogan says. "And as he was here, we learned the full extent of what had gone on". "They have given voice to documentary in a way that no company or distributor has ever done before".

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"What a fraud, what a corrupt organisation". "The only people who had this information were me and Grigory". The film took an unexpected turn when they ended up uncovering one of the biggest doping scandals in recent history.

Considered the Russian equivalent of Edward Snowden, Rodchenkov was placed in protective custody of the USA and only communicates with Fogel through legal counsel. "I go from, 'This is a insane story about Russian Federation and this scandal in sports, ' to all of a sudden Russian Federation is dominating the news".

The real-life drama that unfolded and caused many to lose faith in sport was been turned into the documentary Icarus which received widespread acclaim and now can count an Oscar among its accolades.

Cycling doping documentary 'Icarus' wins Oscar