WADA says Russian hackers published athletes' medical data

WADA says Russian hackers published athletes' medical data

The organisation said the hack appeared to be in retaliation for WADA's Independent Pound Commission, which exposed widespread doping in Russian athletics and resulted in a number of Russian athletes being banned from competing in Rio 2016 this summer.

United States basketball star Elena Delle Donne, another gold medallist from Rio, took to social media to post a picture of her recovery from thumb surgery and added a note relating to the hacking news.

Reacting to the leak, Biles said on her social media account that she had been managing ADHD and taking the necessary medication with the approval of the sports authorities. adding that it was nothing to be ashamed of.

"By virtue of the [therapeutic-use exemption], Biles has not broken any drug-testing regulations, including at the Olympic Games in Rio", USA Gymnastics said in the statement. Among those records were documents featuring Biles' private medical information as well as Serena Williams and Venus Williams-all three of which were reportedly given medical exemptions to use banned drugs.

The attacks are understood to have originated in Russian Federation in the wake of the McLaren Report, which uncovered state-sponsored doping and led to a partial ban from the Rio Olympics and the blanket exclusion of the country's athletes at the Paralympics.

"There is also a further complication in that we understand that the people involved in hacking have connections in Russia, which isn't particularly helpful when we are now involved in trying to make the Russian anti-doping system compliant with the World Anti-Doping code".

"While it is an evolving situation, at present, we believe that access to ADAMS was obtained through spear phishing of email accounts", WADA said in a statement.

Furthermore, the hackers claimed that although the US Olympic team had "played well but not fair", it had "disgraced its name by tainted victories".

"WADA condemns these ongoing cyber-attacks that are being carried out in an attempt to undermine WADA and the global anti-doping system", he said.

"WADA has been informed by law enforcement authorities that these attacks are originating out of Russian Federation".

"There can be no talk about any official or government involvement, any involvement of Russian agencies in those actions".

The hacker group Fancy Bear released the information from a database set up for the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.

The hackers wrote on their site that the US has "disgraced its name by tainted victories", attempting to delegitimize the athletes' exemptions. "We will also disclose exclusive information about other national Olympic teams later".

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