William Hill 2020 SBOTY award won by Russian doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov
The Rodchenkov Affair by whistleblower and former RUSADA head Grigory Rodchenkov won William Hill's Sports Book of the Year award on Thursday.
Four-year ban on Russian athletes
Grigory Rodchenkov, the main guide in the 2015 Russian doping scandal, won in Thursday award William Hill's Sports Book of the Year for reporting on anti-doping conspiracy Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).
Called by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) "the biggest scandal in sports history." , the doping scandal began to unfold on 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The event led to a ban by International Olympic Committee (IOC) Russian athletes for four years. Russia was denied participation in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar w 2022 i Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021.
Mr. Rodchenkov became a whistleblower by making a statement about his involvement in an affair in documentary Icarus, the Oscar-winning z 2017.
W The Rodchenkov Affair: How I Brought Down Putin's Secret Doping Empire former head of RUSAD discloses modes a state-sponsored anti-doping program, that helped athletes avoid detection.
"The Rodchenko affair was praised for its burning honesty and courage," - said jury chairwoman Alyson Rudd In a statement. The author is currently under a witness protection program in the United States. "The price he is paying for wanting to be on the side of the truth," she said Mrs. Rudd .
"Breathtakingly candid memoirs" depict the events that led to "a sports dispute that turns into a geopolitical earthquake," the statement said Penguin Random House. "It seems fitting that The Rodchenkov Affair - forged under mysterious circumstances by an author in complete seclusion, published during a year of closures - is finally getting the attention it deserves.
Beating out four other nominated authors to The 32nd prestigious William Hill Award , M. Rodchenkov will receive £30,000 i framed w skin books.
WADA and IOC oppose Rodchenkov's anti-doping law
The US Senate passed Rodchenkov's anti-doping bill on November 16, which gives lawmakers the ability to impose fines of up to $1 million i ten-year prison sentences for conspirators involved in doping activities at competition with athletes, sponsors and broadcasters from the United States.
WADA opposed the legislation last month , citing that no other country the United States has jurisdiction in these events could jeopardize international cooperation. The IOC also disagreed with the legislation, questioning exclusion of American professional and collegiate athletes from new measures.
However, the anti-doping law did pass and was praised by Jim Walden, Mr Rodchenkov lawyer, who said he would give "the Justice Department a powerful and unique set of tools to eliminate doping fraud and related criminal activity from international competition."
"It is now up to the Department of Justice to develop a robust program, in collaboration with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and international law enforcement partners, to bring the guilty to justice and create zero tolerance for doping in sport," he said Walden.