Mo Farah, Helen Glover, Justin Rose and Rafa Nadal have medical files released by Fancy Bears

Mo Farah, Helen Glover and Justin Rose – all Olympic gold medallists in Rio – are the latest British athletes to have their medical files made public by hackers.

They join 26 others, from 10 different countries, who have had their files put into the public domain by the Russian group known as “Fancy Bears”, with Spanish tennis star Rafa Nadal also included in the latest batch.

The files show that Farah – a four-time Olympic champion in the 5,000 and 10,000m – has had two instances when he was granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUEs) for the corticosteroid triamcinolone.


TUEs allow substances that are usually banned to be taken by an athlete in special circumstances for a verified medical need.

For Farah, they occurred in October 2008 and July 2014 when he was placed on a morphine drip after a training run where he collapsed.


Documents relating to Farah showed that the distance runner had no active TUEs at the time of the Olympics.

It comes after Fancy Bears released details of nine other British athletes who featured in Rio, including Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Spaniard Nadal, a 14-times tennis Grand Slam winner, won Olympic men’s doubles gold with Marc Lopez. He also won the men’s singles title at the 2008 Beijing Games but missed London 2012 due to a knee injury.


The documents relating to Nadal, who was out for more than two months with a wrist injury that forced him to miss the French Open and Wimbledon before the Olympics, showed exemptions in 2009 and 2012.

WADA has said the “criminal attack” has recklessly exposed personal data in an attempt to smear reputations.

The agency has also said it believes the attacks are being carried out as retaliation for investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia.

Fancy Bear has previously posted data for US athletes Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, and Serena and Venus Williams as well as Tour de France-winning British cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

The director of the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) Olivier Niggli has criticised the leak and there is no suggestion that the athletes named are involved in any wrongdoing.

Source: Eurosport

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