Simone Biles Addresses Drug-Testing Leak

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A group of Russian hackers known as Fancy Bear, broke into the World Anti-Doping Agency's database earlier this week and released the private medical records of multiple Olympic athletes, including Simone Biles, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams. All three athletes were reportedly given medical exemptions to use banned drugs.

They found what they were looking for after discovering documents relating to “Therapeutic Use Exemptions,” which allow athletes to use banned substances for valid medical reasons.

Although the International Gymnastics Federation has declined to comment so far, the 19-year-old gymnast, who took home four gold medals and one bronze at the Rio Olympics, took to Twitter herself to release a statement and reiterate that she did not do anything illegal.  "I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid," she wrote. "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."   

“ Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of nothing that I'm afraid to let people know.     — Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) September 13, 2016

WADA later released a statement on the matter, "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," Director General Olivier Niggli said. "We are reaching out to stakeholders, such as the IOC, IFs and NADOs, regarding the specific athletes impacted."  "Let it be known that these criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia further to the outcomes of the Agency's independent McLaren Investigation Report," he continued.

-Devashree Goenka