Make health records public: Nadal
RAFAEL Nadal and British Olympic great Mo Farah said they have nothing to hide after their medical records were the latest to be leaked by a cyber-hacking group on Monday.
They are among more than 60 international athletes, including 17 from the British team at the Rio Olympics, who have had their medical files - mostly therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) - published online by the so-called Fancy Bears, who have hacked into World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) records.
There is no suggestion that any of the named athletes - among them
some of the biggest names in sport - has done
Spanish tennis ace Nadal and four-time Olympic champion distance runner Farah were shown to have used TUEs in the past to gain permission to take substances that figure
on Wada's banned list.
TUEs can be issued to athletes who have an illness or condition that requires the use of normally prohibited medication.
"When you ask permission to take something for therapeutic reasons and they give it to you, you're not taking anything prohibited," Nadal, a 14-time
Grand Slam winner,
told Spanish media.
Far from complaining about the leak of his files - believed to be the work of Russian hackers - he said
he would support the publishing of all
"It would be much more beneficial for sportsmen and women, spectators and media that every time
a drug test is taken, the news is made public and,
two weeks later, there are the results," he added.
Nadal and Farah were among 26 athletes in Monday's fourth batch to have their medical history published by Fancy Bears, following the likes of
Serena and Venus Williams, American gymnast
Simone Biles and British Tour de France-winning cyclists Bradley Wiggins
and Chris Froome.