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***Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, 2020***The full story behind Oscar award-winning IcarusOne of the Financial Times's 'Fifty people who shaped the decade' 'The biggest sports scandal the world has ever seen' In 2015, Russia's Anti-Doping Centre was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) following revelations of an elaborate state-sponsored doping programme at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Involving a nearly undetectable steroid delivery system known as 'Duchesse cocktail', tampering and switching of urine samples, and a complex state-sanctioned cover-up, the programme was masterminded by Grigory Rodchenkov.The Rodchenkov Affair tells the full, unadulterated story that was first glimpsed in Bryan Fogel's award-winning documentary and still continues to captivate and shock the world. Charting the author's childhood growing up under the Iron Curtain, his first encounter with doping as a 22-year-old student athlete at Moscow State University, and his subsequent career working for the Soviet Olympic Committee, this breathtakingly candid journey reveals a rigged system of flawed individuals, brazen deceit and impossible moral choices.

 

Details

ISBN: 9780753553336
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 30 Jul 2020
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 23.4(H) x 15.4(L) x 2.4(W)
Weight (gm): 400

 

Reviews

An extraordinary account of a decade-long quest by the USSR and then Russia to win by any means * Mail on Sunday *
John le Carre meets Russian 21st-century interference. On steroids...extraordinary' * Nick Harris, Sporting Intelligence *
A fascinating first-hand account of the biggest sporting scandal in history, and a worthy winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year * Telegraph *
He was the doping kingpin who helped Russia's athletes top the medals tables. Then he blew the whistle. * Financial Times *
An utterly incredible life story * Telegraph *

 

Author Biography

Dr Grigory Rodchenkov is the former director of Russia's national anti-doping laboratory, which was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2015 for facilitating Russia's elaborate state-sponsored doping program. He helped develop and distribute banned performance enhancing substances for thousands of Russian sports stars from 2005 to 2015. He made headlines in 2016 as a whistleblower, exposing the extensive nature of Russia's doping program, leading to Russia's 2016 & 2018 Olympics bans. Rodchenkov is currently in witness protection in the US.
The Rodchenkov Affair: How I Brought Down Russia's Secret Doping Empire - Winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2020
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