Monaco – Athletics’ world governing body the IAAF has been targetedby the Russia-based Fancy Bears computer hacking group, compromisinginformation on Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), it announced on Monday.
In a statement, the IAAF said it believed an attack hadcompromised athletes’ TUE applications stored on its servers, adding that itdetected “unauthorised remote access” to the IAAF network on February21.
However, it admitted it was not sure of information wassubsequently stolen from the network.
TUEs are official waivers allowing athletes to use otherwisebanned substances for the treatment of legitimate medical conditions.
“Our first priority is to the athletes who haveprovided the IAAF with information that they believed would be secure andconfidential,” said IAAF president Sebastian Coe.
“They have our sincerest apologies and our totalcommitment to continue to do everything in our power to remedy the situationand work with the world’s best organisations to create as safe an environmentas we can.”
Last year Fancy Bears leaked medical records held by theWorld Anti-doping Agency (WADA) which provided details of athletes who had beenlegitimately taking banned medications under TUEs.
British cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, alongwith American tennis star Serena Williams and gymnast Simone Biles, who wonfour gold medals at Rio 2016, were among those to have had their details madepublic, although there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on their part.