The documentary which revealed allegations of state-sponsered doping for Russia’s Olympic athletes has snatched an Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards.
Directed by Bryan Fogel, the film starts with an attempt to cheat anti-doping tests at an amateur cycling race. But when Fogel enlists the help of Russian anti-doping official Grigory Rodchenkov — the man who would go on to accuse the Kremlin of backing a state-sponsered doping scheme for hundreds of Russian athletes — the documentary takes a turn into the murky world of sport, national pride and geopolitics.
Fogel dedicated the award to Rodchenkov, describing him as “our fearless whistleblower who now lives in grave danger”. “We hope ‘Icarus’ is a wake-up call — yes, about Russia — but more than that, about the importance of telling the truth,” he said.