14 Sep 2016

Russian hackers leak Rio athletes' files

6:51 am on 14 September 2016

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has condemned Russian hackers for leaking confidential medical files of US Olympic athletes.

Olympic athlete Simone Biles, competing at the 2016 Rio games.

Olympic athlete Simone Biles, competing at the 2016 Rio games. Photo: AFP

Athletes affected include tennis players Venus and Serena Williams and gymnast Simone Biles.

A group calling itself "Fancy Bears" claimed responsibility for the hack of a Wada database.

Wada said in a statement that the cyber attacks were an attempt to undermine the global anti-doping system.

Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was "out of question" that the Kremlin or secret services were involved in the hacking, Russian news agencies reported.

The hackers accessed records detailing "Therapeutic Use Exemptions", which allows the use of banned substances due to athletes' verified medical needs.

'Compromising trust'

Russia's track and field team were banned from the Rio Olympics over an alleged state-backed doping programme.

"Let it be known that these criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia," Wada director-general Olivier Niggli said.

Fancy Bears pledged to release confidential records from other national Olympic teams.

- BBC

Serena Williams at the 2016 US Open.

Serena Williams' files were among those leaked. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

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