(ATR) The IOC faces new criticism over its handling of the systematic doping program Russia orchestrated for its top athletes during the last few years.
"Icarus" producer Dan Cogan (left) and director Bryan Fogel (right) celebrate winning Academy Award (Twitter/Bryan Fogel)
The new wave of accusations comes from the filmmakers of "Icarus," the feature documentary movie that won an Oscar in its category on Sunday.
"Icarus" has played an important role in uncovering the Russian state-sponsored doping program. Its director, Bryan Fogel, had intended to make a film about the impact of self-administered doping on his amateur cycling efforts, but during the research he came across Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Russia’s anti-doping program.
In the movie Rodchenkov offers his account of a massive government doping project in Russia alleging secret service involvement and describing an intricate program of sample-swapping and bottle-tampering during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
After receiving the Oscar, Fogel called the IOC president a “crook” and asked publicly for his resignation. Fogel claims that Thomas Bach had “betrayed clean athletes the world over by his failure to act decisively”.
"We congratulate Mr Fogel on his Oscar success but his backstage comments were totally inappropriate," is the reaction from the IOC to the blast from the Oscar winner.
“Icarus” had such an impact that it initially forced the IOC to ban Russia from the Winter Olympic games in South Korea. The IOC cleared 169 Russian athletes to compete in PyeongChang under the Olympic flag. Just days after the end of the PyeongChang Games, the IOC ended its suspension of the Russian NOC.
On Sunday, Fogel was relentless in his attacks against Bach.
"What he has shown to planet earth and any athlete that believes in the Olympic ideal is to not trust it, to not trust those words.
"Because if you can corroborate, prove and substantiate a fraud on this level that spans for decades, and then essentially give the country that committed that fraud a slap on the wrist, allow[ing] 160 of their athletes to compete at the Games – two of which were found doping.”
"What a fraud, what a corrupt organization,” Fogel said.
Rodchenkov continues to live in hiding in the U.S. while last week a Russian warrant was issued for his arrest.
Written by Javier Monne
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