Simone Biles Speaks Out About Leaked Drug-Test Docs
The hacker group, known as Fancy Bear, reportedly broke into the World Anti-Doping Agency database where they were able to retrieve personal data documenting Biles' drug-testing results.
They found what they were looking for after discovering documents relating to "Therapeutic Use Exemptions," which details banned substances athletes are able to use for approved medical reasons.
ABC News reported that Simone Biles tested positive for the ADHD drug methylphenidate, a drug commonly know as Ritalin.
Despite the findings as a result of the hack, the International Gymnastics Federation had approved Biles' use of the drug.
Now, Simone Biles is coming to her own defense regarding her ADHD and her use for the medication.
She took to Twitter, saying,
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.
It looks a lot like Fancy Bear uncovered something that makes Simone Biles look more human than anything.
The four-time Olympic gold medallist continued,
Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of, nothing that I'm afraid to let people know.
Yup, she's indeed human.
Here are the tweets.
Good job, hackers... NOT.
To set the record straight once and for all, the USA Gymnastics offered up a statement on the findings.
In keeping with official protocols of the U.S. Anti-Doping Association and WADA, Biles submitted and was approved for a therapeutic-use exemption (TUE), the proper paperwork for any medications that an athlete takes for an illness or condition that requires the use of a medication included on the WADA Prohibited Drug List, for prescribed medication(s) she takes. By virtue of the TUE, Biles has not broken any drug-testing regulations, including at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Here's the tweet.
Simone Biles wasn't the only athlete targeted during the hack. According to US Weekly, athletes Venus and Serena Williams, as well as basketball player Elena Delle Donne, were also targeted.