Cummings among GB athletes named in Wada hack

Fancy Bears

The medical records of six British athletes are among the latest to be made public by hackers.

Nile Wilson, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Steve Cummings, Saskia Clark, Richard Chambers and Sophie Ainsworth were named by hackers Fancy Bears on Friday.

Rio 2016 gold medal-winning cyclist Fabian Cancellara is also named.

The records mostly detail therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs), which allow banned substances to be taken for athletes’ verified medical needs.

There is no suggestion athletes named are involved in any wrongdoing.

American golfer Patrick Reed, who will play in the Ryder Cup next week, is also on the list as is South African swimmer Cameron van den Burgh, who won gold in the 100m breaststroke at London 2012.

The files were stolen from a World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) database.

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Olympic champions Mo Farah, Laura Trott and Nicola Adams, current Tour de France champion Chris Froome and 2012 Tour winner Sir Bradley Wiggins are among the British athletes to have had their records made public in four previous batches of hacked data.

Cummings won the Tour Of Britain in early September, having also claimed stage seven of this year’s Tour de France.

Clark took gold in the 470 women’s sailing at Rio 2016, along with partner Hannah Miles, while gymnast Wilson took bronze in the horizontal bar.

Aikines-Aryeetey was part of the GB relay team that finished fifth in the 4x100m at this year’s Olympics. Chambers made the semi-finals of lightweight men’s double sculls and Ainsworth was 10th in the 49ers FX sailing.

What are therapeutic use exemptions?

A TUE allows an athlete, for medical reasons, to take a prescribed substance or have treatment that is otherwise prohibited.

British athletes must contact their national governing body or follow UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) guidance before applying for a TUE.

There are strict criteria for one to be granted:

  • The athlete would suffer significant health problems without taking the substance
  • It would not be significantly performance-enhancing
  • There is no reasonable therapeutic alternative to its use
  • The need to use it is not due to prior use without a TUE

Ukad says it has “a number of robust controls in place to make it as difficult as possible” for athletes to misuse the system.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/37454046

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