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One 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.  

©2020 Grigory Rodchenkov (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Brilliant

Fascinating insight into the dark and dangerous world of doping and the extraordinary lengths taken to cheat

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Excellent background to Icarus

Gives a great background to the documentary Icarus. Would be interesting if they did an extended version of Icarus with this additional story.

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Great listen

absolutely loved this book on the Russian doping scandal after reading David Walsh's book previously

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great insight, not too technical in Russian doping

a detailed personal account and reflection on Russian doping through to 2019. not overly technical but insightful for those interested in the topic.

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Truth bomb

Enjoyed the whole story! It reads like a criminal drama, and is very shocking to find out what sports and doping control looks from the inside.