Mo Farah could be the latest to have drugs-testing records leaked

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Mo Farah is one of 53 Great Britain athletes whose medical and drug-testing records could be released by Russian hackers in the coming days. 

Farah previously held a therapeutic use exemption for a banned substance due to legitimate medical reasons and maintains he only used it once.

Five british athletes have already had their records leaked including Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins.


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Farah said on the subject: “I’ve had one TUE and that was in Park City...I collapsed, was taken in an ambulance, and put on a drip. That was the only one.”

The criminals who gained access to the TUE list from a database of Rio athletes are part of a hacking group known as 'Fancy Bears'. 

Farah became Great Britain's most successful track athlete of all time following his double gold medal performance in Rio, and he clearly seems unperturbed by the potential release, as was the case with Froome earlier this week. 

A spokesperson for Farah has stated: “Mo does not have a current or ongoing TUE but, like everyone in Team GB, he was notified about the potential release of private medical data.

“While he believes this sort of information shouldn’t be published without an individual’s permission, he isn’t concerned about anything they [the hackers] might release about him.”

Farah had in fact revealed his TUE last year during the scandal involving his coach Alberto Salazar who is still under investigation for potential doping violations by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. 

It is not thought that the release of his information will impact Farah's right or ability to compete in forthcoming events.

Another gold medalist from Rio sailor Saskia Clark is amongst the other athletes that could have their data leaked. 

Clark, who won the Olympic Women’s 470 Class along with Hannah Mills, has had two previous TUE's, one in Beijing and one at London 2012, where she won a silver medal. 

American trio Simone Biles, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams have also been threatened by the same hacking group regarding their drug-test records.

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