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Lincolnshire hockey gold medallist has medical records leaked

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The medical records of a Lincolnshire Olympic hockey gold medallist have been leaked by hackers.

Crista Cullen was one of a quartet of Lincolnshire stars who put their bodies on the line on their way to a gold medal at the Rio Olympics in August.

Cullen played a pivotal role in the final against the Netherlands, scoring an equaliser to tie the game at 2-2.

However, she has now had her medical records published by hackers Fancy Bears on Monday, September 19.

The files show that she was prescribed two inhalers in January 2008 for the prevention and treatment of exercise-induced asthma.

Two other hockey gold medallists Alex Danson and Sam Quek have also had their files released.

Other athletes included in the list are Mo Farah, golfer Justin Rose and tennis star Rafael Nadal.

There is no suggestion that any of the athletes have committed any offence or are involved in any wrongdoing.

England Hockey has said that it is disappointed that the personal medical information has been released without their permission.

A spokesperson said: “Athletes obtain Therapeutic Use Exemptions [TUEs] through an independent, robust system, having been prescribed by specialist medical practitioners.

“Athletes are fully entitled to use prescribed medicines when permitted by WADA to enable them to compete.

“With permission of the three athletes, and in the interests of transparency, we can confirm the following:

Crista Cullen was prescribed two inhalers (Ventolin and Seretide) in January 2008 for the prevention and treatment of exercise-induced asthma, following appropriate investigations to confirm the diagnosis.

“England Hockey, Great Britain Hockey and our athletes are fully committed to clean sport in compliance with the WADA code.”