Russian whistle-blower has hiding location hacked

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However hard we try and focus on the sport, there was always going to be a cloud over this year's Olympics.

The organisers of Rio 2016 have enough problems of their own making, but just to make it that bit more chaotic, they've also had to deal with the Russian doping scandal.

Russia's athletics team was banned from the Games following revelations of state-sponsored doping, partly brought to light by whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova.


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The 800m runner has been in hiding along with her husband Vitaly, a former anti-doping official.

Stepanova hacked 

However, she may now be forced to move after the account detailing her location was hacked, as reported by the BBC.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed that "someone, other than Ms Stepanova, had accessed her account."

"Wada is in contact with the relevant law enforcement authorities," a statement added.

WADA had previously expressed concerns for her safety, and she fled Russia after giving evidence.

Scandal continues 

Russia currently sit sixth in the overall medals table, having won six golds, nine silvers, and eight bronzes.

Even those who have competed have been unable to escape the scandal continuing to embroil Russian sport, with some even being snubbed by their fellow Olympians.

The hacking of Stepanova's account is just another reminder that this is an issue which is not just going to go away once the Games are over.

Should Russia have received a blanket ban? How should doping be tackled? Have your say in the comments. 

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