WADA says Russian hackers published athletes’ medical data

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016, file photo, United States' Simone Biles stands during the national anthem after winning the gold medal in the women's floor exercise at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Confidential medical data of gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and other female U.S. Olympians was hacked from a World Anti-Doping Agency database and posted online Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. WADA said the hackers were a "Russian cyber espionage group" called Fancy Bears. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016, file photo, United States' Simone Biles stands during the national anthem after winning the gold medal in the women's floor exercise at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Confidential medical data of gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and other female U.S. Olympians was hacked from a World Anti-Doping Agency database and posted online Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. WADA said the hackers were a "Russian cyber espionage group" called Fancy Bears. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)


GENEVA (AP) — Confidential medical data of gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and other female U.S. Olympians was hacked from a World Anti-Doping Agency database and posted online today.

WADA says the hackers were a “Russian cyber espionage group” called Fancy Bears.

They revealed records of “Therapeutic Use Exemptions,” which allow athletes to use otherwise-banned substances because of a verified medical need.

Williams issued a statement saying she’s been granted exemptions “when serious medical conditions have occurred.”

USA Gymnastics says Biles was approved for an exemption and had not broken any rules. She wrote on Twitter that she’s taken medication to treat ADHD since she was a child.

WADA previously warned of cyberattacks after investigators it had appointed published reports into Russian state-sponsored doping.
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