How athletes can use medical exemptions to beat drug testers

(K. Brent Tomer),

SIMONE Biles, the American gymnast who won four gold medals at this summer’s Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, had little time to celebrate before receiving some upsetting news. On September 13th a group of hackers calling themselves the Fancy Bears leaked Ms Biles’s drug-testing records, which had been stolen from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The files showed that the gymnast has been taking medication to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for at least four years, and that the pills she has been consuming contain stimulants that are prohibited by WADA.

Ms Biles was not the Fancy Bears’s only target. She is one of 40 athletes to have drug-testing documents posted on the internet. Law enforcement officials have told WADA that they believe the hackers are Russian. If so, the leaks could be a retaliation to the exclusion of the Russian track-and-field team from the Rio Olympics, which was imposed after WADA discovered a state-sponsored doping programme in Moscow last year. Yuliya Stepanova, a whistleblower involved in that…Continue reading

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