Monaco - Athletics' world governing body the IAAF has been targeted
by the Russia-based Fancy Bears computer hacking group, compromising
information on Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), it announced on Monday.
In a statement, the IAAF said it believed an attack had
compromised athletes' TUE applications stored on its servers, adding that it
detected "unauthorised remote access" to the IAAF network on February
However, it admitted it was not sure of information was
subsequently stolen from the network.
TUEs are official waivers allowing athletes to use otherwise
banned substances for the treatment of legitimate medical conditions.
"Our first priority is to the athletes who have
provided the IAAF with information that they believed would be secure and
confidential," said IAAF president Sebastian Coe.
"They have our sincerest apologies and our total
commitment to continue to do everything in our power to remedy the situation
and work with the world's best organisations to create as safe an environment
as we can."
Last year Fancy Bears leaked medical records held by the
World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) which provided details of athletes who had been
legitimately taking banned medications under TUEs.
British cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, along
with American tennis star Serena Williams and gymnast Simone Biles, who won
four gold medals at Rio 2016, were among those to have had their details made
public, although there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on their part.