Wednesday 28 September 2016

Biles hits back after confidential WADA leak

Ben Rumsby

Published 14/09/2016 | 02:30

Serena Williams caught up in confidential WADA leak. Photo: Julio Cortez/AP Photo
Serena Williams caught up in confidential WADA leak. Photo: Julio Cortez/AP Photo

Doping records for the Williams sisters and Simone Biles have been leaked online after "criminal" Russian hackers broke into the database which monitors athletes for drugs testing.

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A cyber-espionage group published confidential documents about three of sport's biggest female stars, warning it was "just the tip of the iceberg" of a planned wave of leaks of the records of competitors from last month's Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency condemned the actions of a group the latter identified as Tsar Team (APT28), which aligned itself with the Anonymous network of online activists. The hackers, nicknamed Fancy Bears, attempted to justify the publication by claiming it was exposing the scale of authorised drug use by athletes.

The leaked documents indicated that tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams, Rio 2016 gymnastics superstar Biles and US basketball player Elena Delle Donne were granted medical exemptions - Therapeutic Use Exemptions - over several years to take otherwise banned substances.

Biles responded last night by saying: "Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of, nothing that I'm afraid to let people know." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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