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Medical records leak was unacceptable, says Coe

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 01:29

Athletics chief Sebastian Coe decries leaks of athletes' personal medical information.

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SHOWS: NAIROBI, KENYA (JULY 11, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. EXTERIOR OF KASARANI STADIUM 2. NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM 3. IAAF PRESIDENT, SEBASTIAN COE, STANDING DURING NEWS CONFERENCE 4. REPORTER ASKING QUESTION 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAAF PRESIDENT, SEBASTIAN COE, SAYING: "I am unhappy that it got into the public domain in that way. The permanent vigilance that as a sport we have always displayed around our anti doping processes has been good and it is extremely difficult to conclude on one reading across a longitudinal set of studies that something is a sanctionable offence. Sometimes you need three, four, five readings to support and corroborate that, then it goes through to a panel of experts and those panel of experts will be dealing with that not as an individual but as an anonymised individual where simply, the application of science is applied. And therefore there is a very clear road map to concluding a sanction and one reading that is suddenly out of context put into the public domain can be extremely misleading." 6. JOURNALISTS LISTENING 7. COE STANDING FOR GROUP PHOTO WITH IAAF AND LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE OFFICIALS STORY: World athletics chief Sebastian Coe said on Tuesday (July 11) the recent leakage of athletes' personal medical information by hackers group Fancy Bears, which also appeared to link elite Kenyan athletes to doping, was unacceptable. Addressing a news conference in the Kenyan capital on the eve of the Under-18 world athletics championships, the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president said the leakage should not be interpreted as proof of doping. He also said one reading of an athlete's biological passport did not constitute wrongdoing or an infringement. Among Kenyans whose personal medical records were leaked by the global hackers are three-times world 1,500 metres champion Asbel Kiprop and javelin world champion and Olympic silver medallist Julius Yego. British distance runner Mo Farah, a four-times Olympic gold medallist, was also a victim of the hack.

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Medical records leak was unacceptable, says Coe

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 01:29