International Olympic Committee head to ask Russian Federation for help against anti-doping hackers

15 de septiembre de 2016, 16:05Moscow, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) The Russian government today rejected accusations by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) according to which the recent attacks by hackers of that country against this entity would have government support, and vowed to fight them.

WADA confirmed a second round of leaked data posted online, after medical records of gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams were among four American female Olympians whose data was revealed Tuesday.

The debate on Therepeutic Use Exemptions in sport is reaching boiling point following the leaking of confidential medical files of scores of high-profile athletes.

Froome's two TUEs were for short courses of prednisolone, a steroid used to treat acute chest complaints, in 2013 and 2014.

This time, WADA said the hackers released data of 25 athletes from the United States, Germany, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Romania and Russian Federation.

In particular, the second trove of names includes Dagmara Wozniak, an American sabre fencer who represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The British Olympic Association is bracing itself for Russian hackers to leak the names of another 48 Team GB athletes who competed in Rio having held a current - or previously held - therapeutic use exemption (TUE), allowing them to use medication on the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list.

Danish swimmer Pernille Blume, who won gold in Rio de Janeiro in the 50-meter freestyle, had “done nothing wrong, ” Ask told Denmark TV2 channel. "In each of the situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to the global rules for obtaining permission to use a needed medication", he said in a statement.

Olivier Niggli, WADA's Director General condemned the attacks, saying they "seriously undermine the work that is being carried out to rebuild a compliant anti-doping program in Russian Federation".

Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko brushed aside suggestions of an orchestrated hacking campaign.

"The leak of these records is an attempt to undermine the credibility of WADA and that's something for them to deal with". “You blame Russian Federation for everything.

The attack comes only a month after Yuliya Stepanova's WADA database password was stolen and her account illegally accessed.

The hackers, who have set up their own website, have not responded to messages seeking comment.

Fancy Bear contends that TUEs are essentially "licenses for doping", but nothing to this point has been revealed that implicates any of these athletes in any wrongdoing. "As the national governing body for the sport in Britain and a supporter of the Wada code, we condemn the publication of any individual's medical information without their permission". "The program is a rigorous and necessary part of elite sport; and, it has overwhelming acceptance from athletes, physicians, and all anti-doping stakeholders", the agency said. "Stay tuned for new leaks".

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