The IAAF president Seb Coe wants the recent athletes’ biological passport leaked by the Fancy Bears hacking group not to be taken in a wrong way.
According to the president, the reading of the leaked information may be misinterpreted and it doesn’t constitute a sanction for offence.
“Only one reading on the systems longitudinal study does not conclude that someone is doping but it is very technical and it needs about five of them for it to make a meaning,” Coe said.
Some of Kenya’s top athletes for the first time were in the list leaked by the group last week.
The list also had named multiple Olympic and world champion Mo Farah of Great Britain and his Nike Project training mate, Galen Rupp (United States), Evan Jager (United States), Meseret Defar (Ethiopia), Sifan Hassan (Netherlands) and Kenyan-born Turk Ozbilen Tanui.
According to the documents leaked, the biological passport returned ‘likely doping, more data required, and likely medical condition’.
The athletes have since come out to defend their position that they have never failed dope test and they were living to the spirit of competing clean.
Athletics Kenya president Julius Tuwei also came to the defense of his runners by stating that, “athletes not to be distracted by the hacked list but instead continue with their training as they await further guidance from the IAAF.
Coe said they had talked in April about their system hacking after realising it during their routine security maintenance.
“We said this in April that our system had been hacked into and IAAF is unhappy that the documents leaked and we will remain vigilant to secure our systems,” Coe added.
“The athletes information regarding their biological passport should remain private and I have since apologized to those affected and I want to stress that by reading only a single information in the system doesn’t warrant a conclusion that one is doping,” said coe.