Monday, March 5, 2018

Director of Icarus, Oscar-winning Netflix doc about Russian Olympic doping, calls IOC Prez Thomas Bach a crook and calls for his resignation

Russian curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, who tested
positive at the 2018 Olympics for meldonium,
a heart
drug that was banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency
in 2016 because it boosts endurance. Meldonium is the
same drug that got Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova
suspended from the International Tennis Federation.
AKSARBENT was rooting for two Oscar-nominated documentaries to win (in a tie): Icarus and Last Men in Aleppo, the story of  "whitehats" trying to save civilians in Syria. We only got half our wish.
     Icarus started out as an exploration of how easy it would be for an amateur cyclist to dope himself and fool officials. It turned into an exposé that got Russia sort of banned from the 2018 Olympics. The Russian physician, Dr. Gregory Rodchenkov, who spilled the beans, is now being hunted in the USA by Russian assassins and is in the Witness Protection Program.
     The Hollywood Reporter posted the post-Oscar press conference on youtube. Our favorite part was when a woman "from Russia" (no news organiza­tion identified) tried to ask loaded questions of Producer Dan Cogan and director Bryan Fogel, and got her head handed to her.

From IndieWire:
     “Plain and simple, Thomas Bach needs to resign,” said Fogel in the Oscar press room following his win. “He is a crook, and what he has shown to planet Earth and any athlete who believes in the Olympic ideal is to not trust it and to not trust those words. If you can corroborate and prove and substantiate a fraud on this caliber, on this level, that spanned for decades, and then essentially give that country that committed that fraud a slap on the wrist, allow 160 of their athletes to compete in those Games — two of them found doping — and then immediately after the Games are over, without that country ever accepting responsibility, apologizing for any of their actions, or accepting that any of this is truth while they continued to hunt Dr. Gregory Rodchenkov, and they lift the ban on that country? What a fraud. What a corrupt organization, and that man should be embarrassed and ashamed of himself. He needs to resign.”

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