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Froome and Wiggins' medical records leaked by WADA hack

Josh Cunningham
15 Sep 2016

The medical records of Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins have been leaked by Russian hacking group 'Fancy Bears'.

A group of hackers - supposedly thought to be Russian - that gained access to WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) files have released more documents, including the medical records of British cyclists Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins. 

The group were able to gain access to ADAMS (WADA's Administration and Management System) at the Olympic Games in Rio, and after previously leaking information regarding a number of athletes, including Tennis' Williams sisters, a new list of 29 athletes, including Froome and Wiggins, have had their records made public.

The leaked information shows no illegal activity from either athlete, but it does give information about the use of TUEs (Theraputic Use Exemption), which is a contentious issue regarding the use of prohibited substances by athletes because of an illness or condition. 

Chris Froome is recorded as having been given two TUEs for prednisolone, in May 2013 and April 2014, of which one was previously unknown. 

'I've openly discussed my TUEs with the media and have no issues with the leak, which only confirms my statements,' said Froome in a statement after the leak. 'In nine years as a professional I've twice required a TUE for exacerbated asthma, the last time was in 2014.'

Bradley Wiggins meanwhile was shown to have recieved TUEs on six occassions between 2008 and 2013, for substances including salbutamol, formoterol and budesonide, which are inhalers, and triamcinolone acetonide, which were intramuscular corticosteroid injections. 

Director general of WADA Olivier Niggli believes the hacks were act of retaliation after the Russian team was threatened with a blanket ban before the Olympic Games. 'Given this intelligence and advice, WADA has no doubt that these ongoing attacks are being carried out in retaliation against the Agency, and the global anti-doping system, because of our independent Pound and McLaren investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia,' he said.