Five Rio 2016 Gold Medalists Targeted in Latest Fancy Bears Release
Data concerning 41 more athletes has been released by the Fancy Bears hacking group after their cyber-attack on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
The fifth batch of stolen information published online includes information on five Olympic gold medalists from Rio 2016 and once again relates to legally obtained therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) granted by various sporting bodies in order to treat medical conditions.
There is thus no suggestion of wrongdoing by the athletes, and the hack has been widely condemned across the world.Among the Rio champions targeted this time around are Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara, the men’s road cycling time trial gold medalist, and Australian swimmers Cate Campbell and Madison Wilson, both members of the victorious 4×100 meter freestyle relay team.
British sailor Saskia Clark, who won 470 gold alongside Hannah Mills, has also had her details released along with another Swiss cyclist in Nino Schurter, who won mountain biking gold in the men’s cross-country event.
American distance runner Galen Rupp, the Marathon bronze medalist in Rio, has also been named after being forced to deny doping allegations surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar, made in a BBC Panorama documentary last year.
None of these allegations were ever proven.
Many of the athletes targeted have been permitted to take medication for asthma, with WADA blaming a Russian group for the hack.
The organization has approached the country’s government to assist it in its investigation.
A number of other minor medalists from Rio have also been named in the latest release, with seven each from Canada and the United States.
Six British athletes have been named, with five from Italy, four from Australia and two each from Denmark, Germany, Serbia and Switzerland.
Croatia, Japan, South Africa and Sweden each have a single athlete named, while 16 Olympic sports have been included.
These are swimming, cycling, canoeing, gymnastics, water polo, table tennis, rowing, sailing, fencing, volleyball, judo, basketball, football, hockey, golf and shooting.
In total, 107 athletes have been named across the five leaks.
By Dan Palmer
Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz