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Rafael Nadal and Mo Farah named in latest Fancy Bears leak

  • Details of four-time Olympic champion’s two TUEs published online
  •  Justin Rose, Callum Skinner and Nadal among others named
Mo Farah

Mo Farah. Photo: City A.M


The four-times Olympic champion Mo Farah is among the latest British athletes to be targeted by the Fancy Bears hacking group, with details of the 33-year-old’s confidential medical data published online on Monday.

The leak details two instances when Farah was granted a therapeutic use exemption – for the corticosteroid triamcinolone in October 2008 and in July 2014 when he was placed on a morphine drip after collapsing following a training run. Farah said in 2015, during the uproar surrounding his coach, Alberto Salazar, in the wake of allegations in a BBC Panorama documentary over his methods, that he had only ever had one TUE, although he later admitted to a second in an interview with Sky Sports News.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal during a practice session. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The Fancy Bears hacking group had already released details of nine of the 366 British athletes who competed at Rio 2016, including the Tour de France winnersChris Froome and Bradley Wiggins. But the cyber-espionage group published details of a further eight British athletes, including the cyclist Callum Skinner, who won the silver medal in the individual sprint at the Rio Olympics, the hockey players Alexandra Danson, Sam Quek and Crista Cullen, two-time Olympic champion rower Helen Glover and the golfer Justin Rose, who won the gold medal in Rio. Rose had authorisation for daily dosages of the anti-inflammatory drug prednisolone between May this year and 20 June.



The 14-time grand slam singles champion Rafael Nadal, French fencer Gauthier Grumier and Burundian athlete Francine Niyonsaba are among the other high-profile names to be listed on the Fancy Bears’ website. Nadal won Olympic men’s doubles gold with Marc López. He also won the men’s singles title at the 2008 Beijing Games but missed London 2012 due to a knee injury. The documents relating to Nadal, who was out for more than two months with a wrist injury that forced him to miss the French Open and Wimbledon before the Olympics, showed exemptions in 2009 and 2012.

The world anti-doping agency (Wada) has said it believes the hackers gained access to its anti-doping administration and management system (ADAMS) via an IOC-created account for the Rio Games.


SOURCE: The Bloomgist/Guardian UK

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