WADA: Cyberattacks persist, Russia report out in December

FILE - In this Monday, March 14, 2016 file photo of Craig Reedie, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, speaks during a Symposium for Anti-Doping Organizations, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Tensions over the Russians doping scandal broke out into the open again on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, as Olympic officials blasted the world anti-doping agency and an influential powerbroker called for a "neutral" leader to take over the body from Craig Reedie. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, file)

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency says cyber-hackers are still trying to obtain access to databases containing confidential medical records for athletes ahead of the publication of a fresh investigation into Russia’s state-sponsored doping system.

A hacking group known as Fancy Bears, which WADA says is linked to Russia, has been releasing records of “Therapeutic Use Exemptions” which allow athletes to use otherwise-banned drugs because of a verified medical need.

WADA director general Olivier Niggli says “these hackers are still trying to get hold of people’s logins and passwords.”

Niggli also told a WADA Foundation Board meeting that the final report into Russian state-sponsored doping and corruption is set to be released on Dec. 9 by Prof. Richard McLaren.

WADA President Craig Reedie was re-elected unopposed for a second three-year term.

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