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WADA chief warns Russia over medical record hacking

The head of the World-Anti-Doping Agency has warned Russia that the hacking of athletes medical records could postpone the nation’s attempt to return to the world stage.

WADA president Craig Reedie told CNN Thursday that the hacking of confidential files by the cyber criminal group “Fancy Bear” was clearly a retaliatory attack after 118 of Russia’s athletes were banned from competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games following revelations of “state-sponsored” doping.
WADA recommended banning all Russian athletes from the Olympics, after an independent report said the country operated a state-sponsored doping program during the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. Russian officials and athletes likened the move to Cold War era conflicts.
And while Reedie remains adamant there has been no involvement from the Russian government, he says the hack could have serious consequences for the country’s bid to re-enter the world of athletics.
“I would be very surprised if the Russian government was directly involved,” said Reedie.
“However, the information that we have, which I’m pretty certain is authoritative, is that the people who are doing this have connections to Russia.
“I would hope that the appeals I have made to my colleagues and officials in Russia will bring about some desired results because this continued breach of confidentiality on athletes’ personal records is entirely unwelcome.
“It is dangerous, it breaches every bit of medical code that I would ever know, and is unhelpful if Russia is making efforts to have its anti-doping system declared compliant.”
Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko denied accusations of governmental interference when he spoke to reporters in Athens, Wednesday.
“How can one possibly prove that the hackers were from Russia?” Mutko said, according to state-run Tass news agency.
Door CNN.com