Dope: The New Proxy War (2017)

This week’s documentary film curated by our editorial team at 21WIRE.


Russian doping: sports scandal or political game? US officials seem to be driving this latest effort to ban Russian athletes from competing in the Olympic Games.  US operatives are claiming that Russia was guilty of a “state-sponsored doping program” before and during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, as well as prior to the Rio Olympics in 2016. Now US operatives appear to have been successful in banning Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang.

“On July 18, 2016, the release of the McLaren Report on alleged Russian sports doping rang out like a canon shot aimed directly at Russia, blowing the Olympic dreams the country’s athletes to bits. Targeting an entire country was unusual, so why Russia? Testimonies from former world-class athletes and hacked information from the opaque World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) show the answer may lie more in politics than the urine jar.”

Run time: 27 minutes
Directed by Aleksandr Avilov
RT Documentaries (2017)