Doping: Stepanova records illegally accessed after WADA hack

Sat Aug 13, 2016 1:52pm EDT
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By Karolos Grohmann

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova's electronic account at the World Anti-Doping Agency has been illegally accessed, WADA said on Saturday.

The anti-doping body said a "perpetrator" had illegally obtained the password for the middle-distance runner's account, and accessed details which would normally include her registered whereabouts.

"The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirms that Yulia Stepanova’s password for WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) was illegally obtained, which allowed a perpetrator to access her account on ADAMS," WADA said in a statement.

Stepanova, in hiding in North America, helped reveal the biggest state-backed doping program in Russia and was forced to flee the country with her husband for fear of her life.

As a result Russia's track and field team has been banned from the Rio Olympics while all Russian competitors in other sports had to prove they were clean by meeting several criteria in order to be eligible to compete in Brazil.

"The Agency noted that someone, other than Ms. Stepanova, had accessed her account. WADA immediately locked Ms. Stepanova's account to prevent further access and notified her of the situation," WADA said.

"A subsequent investigation by WADA allowed the Agency to determine that no other athlete accounts on ADAMS have been accessed."

All athletes have to enter their details into ADAMS and register a time and location each day when and where they can be reached by doping testers in case of an out-of-competition test.   Continued...

Athletics - European championships - Women's 800m qualifiaction - Amsterdam - 6/7/16 Yulia Stepanova of Russia competes. REUTERS/Michael Kooren