Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, Venus Williams Accused of Olympic Doping by Russian Hackers

USA's small forward Elena Delle Donne shoots a free throw during a Women's round Group B basketball match between Canada and USA at the Youth Arena in Rio de Janeiro on August 12, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP / Mark RALSTON        (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, Venus Williams Accused of Olympic Doping by Russian Hackers

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Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, Venus Williams Accused of Olympic Doping by Russian Hackers

Russian hacking group, Fancy Bear, have leaked medical records for Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne and Venus Williams showing that they used banned substances while competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics. From the New York Times:

The hackers wrote on their website that the United States had “played well but not fair” in Rio de Janeiro, and the medical documents were hailed in Russia on Tuesday as evidence of both widespread doping among American athletes and the double standards of global antidoping regulators.

Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Well, the Russian hackers part is bad, but the drugs aren’t. At least not in these particular cases. The leaked records show these United States Olympic athletes had therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs), which means they had a medicinal reason for taking these banned substances and the World Anti-Doping Agency agreed.

The hack was revenge for the New York Times report on the Russian doping program in Sochi that resulted in the ban of the entire Russian track & field team. Biles and Delle Donne both issues brief responses on Twitter.

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