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Mo Farah says he has nothing to hide after hackers leak medical records


By Robert Jones

British Olympic great Mo Farah has shrugged off the leaking of his personal medical records by Russian hackers, insisting he has nothing to hide.

The information, which relates to two therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) he was granted so he could take medicine that would otherwise be banned, was stolen from the World Anti-Doping Agency's data storage system.

Farah is among 66 international athletes, including 17 from Team GB, who have had their TUEs published online by the so-called Fancy Bears.

Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal and Britain's Olympic golf champion Justin Rose were the other big names released with Farah, joining last week's high-profile cast that included American gymnastics queen Simone Biles, Tour de France winners Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins, and tennis sisters Serena and Venus Williams.

A spokesperson for Farah said: "As Mo has previously stated, he has got nothing to hide and doesn't have a problem with this or any of his (anti-doping administration and management system) information being released as evidenced by the fact that he voluntarily shared his blood data with the Sunday Times last year.

"Mo's medical care is overseen at all times by British Athletics and over his long career he has only ever had two TUEs.

"The first was in 2008 for a one-off anti-inflammatory treatment to an injury. The second was in 2014 when Mo collapsed and was airlifted to hospital for emergency care, which consisted of painkillers and being placed on a drip."

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