Olympic gold medalist Cameron van der Burgh is the first South African whose confidential medical information has been released by cyber hackers “Fancy Bears” at the weekend.
The group released private medical information stolen from the Anti-Doping Administration Management System (ADAMS) which centred around Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUEs).
The hackers with links to Russia have leaked information since the middle of this month.
The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) yesterday said it condemned the publication of confidential medical information and the attempt to also discredit individual athletes.
“TUEs are issued to athletes who have a medical condition which requires treatment using substances that are normally prohibited by anti-doping authorities,” SAIDS said in a release.
A process is in place to ensure the substance does not afford the athlete an unfair advantage but rather addresses a medical condition.
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal are among the athletes whose private details have been leaked.
Van der Burgh received a TUE for four years between 2009 and 2013 for salbutamol which is commonly taken through an inhaler to relieve asthma.
Wada removed Salbutamol from the prohibited list in 2010 allowing doses recommended for asthmatics with athletes no longer requiring TUEs.