“WADA has been informed by law enforcement authorities that these attacks are originating out of Russia. Let it be known that these criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia further to the outcomes of the Agency’s independent McLaren Investigation Report.”

The TUE system has been abused in the past, most notably when disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong received one justifying the use of corticosteroids after he failed four tests for the substance during the 1999 Tour de France.

He claimed he was using cream with traces of the substance in order to treat saddle-soreness – but admitted the medical certificate had been backdated after coming clean about his doping use in 2013.

But there is no indication anything like that has happened on this occasion, with the International Tennis Federation having also defended the Williams sisters.

“We are disappointed and concerned that sensitive medical information relating to tennis players has been obtained and published without permission and, in some cases, erroneous and unfair conclusions drawn regarding the Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE),” ITF President David Haggerty told insidethegames. “All Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) applications under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme are considered in accordance with the WADA International Standard for TUEs, and include anonymous review by an independent TUE Committee. As such, all TUEs granted under the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme are for the legitimate therapeutic use of medications and are in no way indicative of doping or a breach of the anti-doping rules.”

insidethegames has also contacted the International Gymnastics Federation and the International Basketball Federation for a reaction.

By Nick Butler

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz