Documentary About Russian Sports Doping Wins Oscar

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"Icarus", a film that helped expose widespread doping among Russian athletes, won the Best Documentary Feature for Netflix.

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During the ceremony Fogel said he dedicated the film to Grigory Rodchenkov, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) informant and former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory. The film centred around the global doping scandal which exposed how Russian athletes used performance-enhancing drugs in order to compete in the Olympic Games.

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Icarus evidently caught the eye of the Academy Award judges, as it beat documentaries Abacus, Faces Places, Last Men in Aleppo and Strong Island to net the prestigious Oscar.

In his acceptance speech, Fogel said, "We hope Icarus is a wake-up call, yes about Russian Federation, but in the importance of telling the truth, now more than ever". "I'm honored that this is their film".

The revelations made in the documentary film helped put Russian Federation in the spotlight.

The report ultimately led to several sanctions against the Russian team, and eventually Russia was banned from the 2018 Games, however some athletes were allowed to compete independently. During the course of the investigation, Fogel met Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the then-director director of Russia's Anti-Doping Center.

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