I just finished this Oscar winning documentary called Icarus on Netflix.  I have to say it’s pretty amazing.  It’s a documentary was made predominantly in 2016 about the Russian doping scandal.  The documentary follows a Russian ex-WADA whistleblower, Grigory Rodchenkov, in his quest to expose the state sponsored Russian doping scheme in the Olympics.  The show goes into detail how the Russians in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics circumvented the WADA testing with the help of the FSB (formerly KGB).  The investigations that followed from the exposé led to Russia being banned from Olympics in 2016 Rio Summer Olympics and a partial ban from the recent 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Although we don’t know truly the full extent of the Russian doping scheme, I have to commend Grigory for his bravery to release these details.  The show ends with Grigory entering the witness protection program.  Hopefully nothing bad will happen to him unlike the recent double agent spy assassination in London.


On a side note, does Russia view the doping scheme as a “scandal” or more along the lines of #fakenews?



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