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Published: 15:40 | 19/9/16

Farah and Rose have details leaked


Double Olympic gold-medallist Mo Farah is among 26 new athletes to have their medical records leaked by Russian hackers.

The World Anti-Doping Agency first fell victim to hackers last Tuesday when a group called 'Fancy Bears' leaked documents relating to American tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams and four-time gold-winning US gymnast Simone Biles with the medical records of a further 29 athletes published on Thursday.

The documents reveal details of 'therapeutic use exemptions' (TUE) granted to certain athletes in order to take medicine that would otherwise be banned.

Farah, winner of the 5000 and 10000 metres at the Rio Olympics, had previously stated that he had only ever had one TUE - he was given a saline drip and two pain-killers after he collapsed when training at altitude in 2014 - but the document list two instances.

"As Mo has previously stated, he has got nothing to hide and doesn't have a problem with this or any of his (anti-doping administration and management system) information being released - as evidenced by the fact that he voluntarily shared his blood data with the Sunday Times last year," a spokesperson for Farah said.

"Mo's medical care is overseen at all times by British Athletics and over the course of his long career he has only ever had two TUEs.

"The first was back in 2008 for a one-off anti-inflammatory treatment to an injury. The second was in 2014 when Mo collapsed and was airlifted to hospital for emergency care, which consisted of painkillers and being placed on a drip."

As well as Farah, the latest details relate to two-time Olympic champion rower Helen Glover, golfer Justin Rose and 14-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal.

Rose's TUE relates to an anti-inflammatory drug he took earlier this year to treat a back injury, while Nadal received TUEs for anti-inflammatory injections in September 2009 and 2012 due to tendinitis in his knees.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has strongly condemned the leak but there is no suggestion that athletes have done anything wrong.

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