Athletes accused of using banned substances
Simone Biles recently found herself the victim of the latest hacking scandal surrounding Olympic athletes.
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed that Russian hackers known as Fancy Bear illegally acquired and published private medical records through an International Olympic Committee (IOC)-created account. Among those records were documents featuring Biles’ private medical information as well as Serena Williams and Venus Williams—all three of which were reportedly given medical exemptions to use banned drugs.
In response, Biles, who took home four gold medals and one bronze at the Rio Olympics, addressed the leak via Twitter, revealing that the meds are for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) September 13, 2016
“I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid. Please know, I believe in clean sport, have always followed the rules, and will continue to do so as fair play is critical to sport and is very important to me,” Biles tweeted.
That same day, WADA’s Director General, Olivier Niggli, released a statement writing: “WADA deeply regrets this situation and is very conscious of the threat that it represents to athletes whose confidential information has been divulged through this criminal act.”
Of course, Biles and the Williams sisters aren’t the first athletes to be accused of doping. Hit the flip for a look at some of the most famous athletes whose careers were marred by accusations they used banned substances.