#CyberFLASH: Canadian soccer players among latest Olympians to have medical data hacked

oly-soc-womensFour members of the Canadian women’s soccer team – Christine Sinclair, Sophie Schmidt, Rhian Wilkinson and Melissa Tancredi – were among athletes targeted on Monday in the latest leak of confidential medical documents.

The world anti-doping agency (WADA) says the information was hacked by a Russian cyber espionage group.

Olympic champions Mo Farah, Rafael Nadal, Justin Rose were also among those targeted.

Therapeutic Use Exemptions, or TUEs, allow athletes to take banned substances for verified medical needs and there is no suggestion any of those named have broken any rules.

None of the Canadian players named had any such exemptions at the time of the Rio or London Games, and the leaked documents show the exemptions they had for the use of Salbutamol had expired in January of 2009.

Salbutamol is a medication used to open the large and medium airways in the lungs.

Olympic champions targeted

Britain’s Farah became only the second man to retain the 5,000 and 10,000 metres Olympic titles at the Rio de Janeiro Games last month while compatriot Rose won the first gold medal in golf for 112 years.

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.

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