Anti-doping: International Olympic Committee to discuss Fancy Bears medical leaks

Fancy Bears
These are some of the British athletes named in a Fancy Bears release

The International Olympic Committee will hold a meeting on 8 October to discuss "the protection of clean athletes" following recent leaks of medical data by a group of hackers.

'Fancy Bears' have been releasing athletes' records stolen from a World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) database.

A review of the Wada anti-doping system will also be on the agenda.

The IOC said it would "discuss principles for a more robust, more independent anti-doping system".

It added: "This will include a reinforcement of the request issued by the Olympic summit on 17 October 2015 to make the entire anti-doping system independent from sports organisations.

"The Olympic summit will also discuss a first debrief on the success of the Olympic Games Rio 2016."

The leaked medical records mostly detail therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs), which allow banned substances to be taken for athletes' verified medical needs.

There is no suggestion athletes named are involved in any wrongdoing.

What are therapeutic use exemptions?

A TUE allows an athlete, for medical reasons, to take a prescribed substance or have treatment that is otherwise prohibited.

British athletes must contact their national governing body or follow UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) guidance before applying for a TUE.

There are strict criteria for one to be granted:

  • The athlete would suffer significant health problems without taking the substance
  • It would not be significantly performance-enhancing
  • There is no reasonable therapeutic alternative to its use
  • The need to use it is not due to prior use without a TUE

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