BOOK REVIEW | The Rodchenkov Affair

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How I brought down Russia’s secret doping empire

By Grigory Rodchenkov


The explosive story of the scientist who ran the biggest doping programme in history. As seen in the Netflix Oscar-winner Icarus

‘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.

An unadulterated story that continues to shock the world

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.

About the author

Dr Grigory Rodchenkov is the former director of Russia’s national anti-doping laboratory, which was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2015 for facilitating Russia’s elaborate state-sponsored doping program.

He helped develop and distribute banned performance enhancing substances for thousands of Russian sports stars from 2005 to 2015.

He made headlines in 2016 as a whistleblower, exposing the extensive nature of Russia’s doping program, leading to Russia’s 2016 & 2018 Olympics bans. Rodchenkov is currently in witness protection in the US.


  • PUBLISHER | Penguin Random House SA |
  • ISBN | 9780753553336 |
  • Recommended Retail Price | R340.00 |
  • Classification | Memoir |

 



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