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Aug. 7, 2017 — An eye-opening story

Today, all over the world, there are athletic competitions taking place featuring everything from men and women running against the clock, men riding bicycles up steep mountain roads, and people chasing an inflatable bladder trying to put it into a goal using their feet, and people trying to hit a leather ball using a wooden stick.

And for those professional and amateur sports under the control of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), there is also a competition between people looking to cheat their way to high performance and doctors and scientists looking to catch them.

There is a new documentary out on Netflix called “Icarus,” and it follows documentarian Bryan Fogel as he goes from trying to prove the folly of the current anti-doping system through the acquisition of performance-enhancing drugs, to doing the same through helping to smuggle a key witness out of Russia.

And that Russian witness is why you see athletes of Russian nationality competing at the IAAF World Championships this week, but not under their flag.

This documentary should make you question just about every kind of control that has been on sports the last two decades.