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Coe says sorry to Farah after his medical information is leaked

 

Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), has apologised to British long distance runner Mo Farah following the release of hacked personal and medical information on Wednesday.

Stolen documents, leaked by the Fancy Bear hacking group, state that Farah was one of 50 athletes suspected of using forbidden performance-enhancing drugs before he cleared all the doubts by successfully passing doping tests.

Coe admitted unauthorised access to the IAAF network inflicted irreparable damage, stressing athletics federations continue to safeguard the rights of "clean" athletes.

"There can be no excuse for the leaking of personal and medical data or the releasing of information on informants and ongoing investigations as this puts those individuals involved at risk and harm the fight against doping," Coe said.

Farah, a four-time Olympic gold medallist, denied all the accusations, underlining the fact he had never taken any banned substances to strengthen his performance.

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