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Doping documentary wins best sports programme prize

Producer Bjorn Bertoft accepts the award in the category Sports and Society from the President of FICTS Uganda, Andrew P. Luwandagga. Photo: Wang Shuping
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21/11/2012

The film “The War On Doping” has won the top prize for best documentary in the Sports and Society category at the Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs (FICTS) World Sports Film Festival 2012 in Beijing.

A must-see documentary for anyone interested in sports, society, business and the human mind, the documentary explores the subject of doping controls, examines the war against doping and speaks to those involved on all sides: scientists, lawyers, special agents, athletes, sponsors, winners and losers.
 
The story is told by the world’s foremost expert in anti-doping, Prof. Arne Ljungqvist, an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee and Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission. Followed by the programme’s makers over a three-year period, Ljungqvist reveals the extent of the battle against doping as he tracks sports cheats around the world in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The programme delves into some of the most infamous cases of doping over the past 40 years, including Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson, the Balco scandal in the US, women’s swimming at the 2000 Olympic Games and a blood doping scandal in 2006, revealing hitherto unknown details of sport’s battle against the drug cheats.
 
Ljungqvist provides the programme not just with an historical view but also an up-to-date picture of the war on doping, how detection technology is improving all the time and what the future holds.

The IOC honorary member and former Olympic high jumper says his is not merely a quest to track down cheats: “[It’s] to help kids and coming athletes to avoid the chemical shortcut to misery.”

Producer Bjorn Bertoft of Matiné Film & Television, the independent production company behind “The War On Doping, added:

“[The documentary] is a historical overview of an ongoing phenomenon. In our hearts we feel that doping in sports is cheating, but we are not chasing scandals or individual athletes in order to track them down for punishments. We understood at an early stage that this film cannot give final answers, so we hope that by telling a story end by raising questions, we can contribute to a situation where better judgments will be made anyway.”

For more information, visit the documentary’s website: www.thewarondoping.com

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