Top US athletes deny cheating after hackers show usage of banned substances
Hacktivists have released files claiming that top US athletes received a green light from WADA to take banned substances. The US anti-doping agency, sports federations and athletes themselves have gone public to deny any wrongdoing.
The allegations were published on the website of the hacktivist group Fancy Bear, which described the revelations as being “just the tip of the iceberg.”
World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) has released a statement confirming and condemning the cyber attack. It noted that the cyber intrusion was conducted by a Russian hacker team and that it is taking the attack “very seriously.”
“The group accessed athlete data, including confidential medical data – such as Therapeutic Use Exemptions delivered by International Sports Federations (IFs) and National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) – related to the Rio Games.”
According to the body, the information was obtained “through spear phishing of email accounts.”
“WADA condemns these ongoing cyber-attacks that are being carried out in an attempt to undermine WADA and the global anti-doping system,” said Olivier Niggli, WADA Director General.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has strongly denied any possible Russian involvement in the hacking attack on WADA.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has also issued a response, saying that “the athletes have done nothing wrong.”
“In fact, in each of the situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to the global rules of obtaining permission to use a needed medication,” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart stated.
He added that all the medications were approved by the respective international federations, WADA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Russia is not in any way tied to the hacking of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) database, Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Tuesday.
“It can be stated with all certainty that there is no involvement of the official Moscow, [Russian] government or special services in such actions. This is completely ruled out,” Peskov told journalists.
“These unfounded allegations … do not honor any organization, if they are not backed by something substantial,” Peskov said.
“I do not know whether those who came out with such statements possess any substantial arguments,” he added.
it was the russians!
its always the russians!
proof??..or is that an outdated standard these days?
what we do see is that there two sets of rules..one for russia and one for the west..
“The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has also issued a response, saying that “the athletes have done nothing wrong.”
oh ok..if you say so..
check out the drugs serena and venus were allowed to chew down on..