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Hackers publish names of another 11 athletes who abused doping

September 16, 21:19 UTC+3
On September 13, the Fancy Bears hackers broke the ADAMS system to gain illegal access to the WADA database
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Laura Trott

Laura Trott

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MOSCOW, September 16 /TASS/. A hacking group calling itself the Fancy Bears has published the names of another 11 athletes from five countries who had a therapeutic permission to use doping, the Fancy Bears website reported.

They include Britons Nicola Adams the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the women's flyweight division; Laura Trott, the 2016 Olympic champion in cycling; Siobhan-Marie O'Connor, the Olympic silver medalist in swimming; and Olivia Carnegie-Brown (silver medalist in rowing); Danish bronze swimming medalist Jeanette Ottesen; representatives of Australia Kim Brennan (Olympic rowing champion), Alexander Belonogov (silver medalist in rowing) and cyclist Jack Bobridge; Spaniard Mireia Belmonte Garcia (Olympic swimming champion); German shooter Julian Justus and tennis player Laura Siegemund.

Earlier, the Fancy Bears published the second half of documents confirming that the World Anti-Doping Agency allowed 25 athletes from 8 countries, including 14 medalists of the Olympic Games in Rio. There was only one Russian athlete on that list - boxer Misha Aloyan. According to the newly revealed data, his doping sample taken on August 21 was positive for Tuaminoheptane.

On September 13, the Fancy Bears broke the ADAMS system to gain illegal access to the WADA database and published the first part of documents confirming that WADA had allowed some of the U.S. athletes to take banned substances. The athletes included tennis players Serena and Venus Williams; four-time Olympic gymnastics champion in Rio Simone Biles and basketball player Elena Delle Donne. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) press service told TASS that Biles and the Williams sisters had not been noticed in doping abuse at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Travis Tygart, the head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, explained that Serena and Venus Williams had been allowed to use the banned substances for therapeutic purposes in full compliance with the organization’s rules. According to Tygart, the Williams sisters also had permission from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Alexey Pushkov, the head of the Russian State Duma Committee for Foreign Affairs, said in turn that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had lost all trust after a leaked report that it allowed U.S. athletes to take banned substances.

"There can be no trust in WADA after it became known that it had allowed U.S. athletes to take banned substances," the politician wrote on his Twitter account last Tuesday.

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