Doping: Putin says WADA leaks raise a lot of questions

Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:17pm EDT
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By Jack Stubbs

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) records leaked by hackers raised a lot of questions with healthy athletes seemingly taking banned substances, TASS news agency reported.

"It raises a lot of questions," Putin said. "It seems as if healthy athletes are taking drugs legally that are prohibited for others, and people who are clearly suffering from serious illnesses, major disabilities, are suspected of taking some kind of substances and banned from the Paralympic Games."

"What they did, can not fail to be interesting to the international community, the sporting community first of all," Putin said.

His comments came just hours before hackers released a third batch of drugs test data involving 11 more athletes.

As recently as Wednesday WADA had confirmed athlete data had been leaked by a Russian cyber espionage group with hackers releasing information on 25 athletes from the United States, Germany, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Romania, and Russia.

The hacking group, known as APT28 and Fancy Bear by U.S. cyber-security researchers, was also blamed by WADA on Tuesday for posting medical data about U.S. athletes Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, and Serena and Venus Williams.

The group on Friday posted further doping test results of athletes from Britain, Spain, Australia, Germany and Denmark.

Among them were several Rio Games champions including Britain's cycling gold medalist Laura Trott and boxing champion Nicola Adams as well as Australian rowers Kimberly Brennan, who won gold, and silver medalist Alexander Belonogoff.   Continued...

Vladimir Putin looks on during a meeting with Dmitry Medvedev on Lipno Island. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/via REUTERS