Simone Biles isn't having a group of hackers trying to discredit her four Olympic gold medals from the Rio Games.
Russian hackers known as Fancy Bear manipulated their way into the World Anti-Doping Agency's athlete database this week, publicly releasing the confidential medical information of Biles, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.
In particular, the hackers revealed the star athletes' therapeutic use exemptions, which enable them to use banned substances if there's a medical need.
Biles tested positive for methylphenidate — more commonly known as Ritalin — on August 11 and through August 14-16, as reported by ABC News.
But the Olympic hero quickly came to her own defense Tuesday, tweeting and letting her fans know that she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and has treated it with medication since she was a child.
Hey hackers, not on Simone's watch.
USA Gymnastics also had her back, saying she was in the clear to use the medication.
The same hackers also revealed documents about Serena and Venus having therapeutic use exemptions for painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications dating back to 2010 and most recently approved in June 2015. In addition, Venus had a exemption for an inhalant for asthma.
But just like USA Gymnastics did with Biles, the International Tennis Federation cleared the Williams sisters of any wrongdoing.
"All TUEs granted under the Tennis Anti-Doping Program are for the legitimate therapeutic use of medications and are in no way indicative of doping or a breach of the anti-doping rules,'' ITF president David Haggerty said in a statement, as reported by ABC News.
So, it looks like Fancy Bear's attempt to smear these star athletes' reputations only backfired.
“Let it be known that these criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia,” WADA director Olivier Niggli said in a statement, as reported by the New York Daily News.
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