It already feels like the Rio Olympics was a million years ago, but there continues to be residual drama.
First, Ryan Lochte got rushed by protesters on the set of Dancing With the Stars for his bizarre lies about being attacked at a Brazilian gas station. Now, Russian hackers have broken into the World Anti-Doping Agency’s database on Olympic athletes, exposing private medical information about Venus and Serena Williams, as well as superstar gold medal gymnastics winner Simone Biles.
The hack revealed all three, and others, were giving exemptions for the use of banned drugs. Biles took to Twitter to explain what the hackers found. She says, “I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid. Please know, I believe in clean sport, have always followed the rules, and will continue to do so as fair play is critical to sport and is very important to me."
She added, “Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of nothing that I'm afraid to let people know.”
In response the official USA Gymnastics team also took out time to stand up for Biles and her drug use, writing:
"In keeping with the official protocols of the U.S. Anti-Doping Association and WADA, Biles submitted and was approved for a therapeutic-use exemption (TUE), the proper paperwork for any medications that an athlete takes for an illness or condition that requires the use of a medication included on the WADA Prohibited Drug List, for prescribed medication(s) she takes." Read in full below.
While rules about drug use are important in competitive arenas, I doubt anyone would be able to do what Simone Biles does just because they started taking ADHD medication. In fact, it would probably be even harder to do multiple backflips, so her ability to do that while medicated makes her an even greater champion in my eyes.
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