'Icarus' Doping Movie Wins Best Documentary at Oscars

07 March, 2018, 07:24 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • WADA whistleblower Rodchenkov

"We hope Icarus is a wake-up call, yes about Russian Federation, but in the importance of telling the truth, now more than ever", Fogel said in his acceptance speech.

The film focuses on the Russian Doping scandal surrounding the Olympics and features London lawyer and Western Law Professor Richard McLaren.

"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". "He was amusing and compelling as he sees me evading testing and interviewing sports leaders and anti-doping officials".

Icarus was released on Netflix in August 2017, and is based on filmmaker Bryan Fogel's investigation into doping in sports, aided by the assistance of Grigory Rodchenkov, the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory who candidly discussed the doping scheme under Vladimir Putin.




In the movie Rodchenkov offers his account of a massive government doping project in Russian Federation alleging secret service involvement and describing an intricate program of sample-swapping and bottle-tampering during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The company is dedicated to funding documentaries with a social justice bent.

"What a fraud, what a corrupt organisation. All of a sudden I'm sitting on a nuclear bomb of information". The film's director initially wanted to see if he could get away with doping in a professional sport, but he ended up unearthing one of the biggest sports scandals ever.

Dear Basketball by former great Kobe Bryant was also an Oscar victor on the evening, picking up the prize for the best animated short.

Considered the Russian equivalent of Edward Snowden, Rodchenkov was placed in protective custody of the US and only communicates with Fogel through legal counsel.

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