ASADA confirms second Australian athlete data leak
ASADA has today confirmed that four more Australian athletes have had their confidential medical information released by the cyber espionage group Fancy Bears.
The information released includes details of therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs), which allow the athletes to use certain prohibited substances, under strict rules, to treat legitimate medical conditions.
Before being granted, TUE applications are assessed by a number of medical experts through a rigorous process. In the cases of all four athletes named today, this process determined that their medication use was both necessary for their health and would not give performance enhancing benefits.
ASADA again condemns the malicious attacks. The leaks are a poor attempt to discredit these athletes and do not show any wrong doing. Certainly, such exemptions do not constitute doping.
The leak is the fifth by the Fancy Bears, who have been slowly releasing batches of TUE information following their earlier breach of WADA's Anti-Doping Administration and Management System.
ASADA is reaching out to the affected athletes and remains in contact with WADA regarding the breach.