Simone Biles is speaking out about having ADHD after Russian hackers disclosed private information in an attempt to allege Biles and Serena Williams were “doping” during the Olympics.

Biles adamantly denied taking any illegal drugs and said she’s been on ADHD meds since she was a child.


Simone Biles | NBC Olympics

On Tuesday, the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) disclosed that Russian hackers had released information that showed Biles had tested positive for methylphenidate, also often known as Ritalin.

Methylphenidate is a banned WADA substance. But U.S.A. Gymnastics wrote in a statement that Biles had received an exemption since she takes it because of her medical condition.

“Simone has filed the proper paperwork per USADA and WADA requirements, and there is no violation,” Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, said in a statement. “The International Gymnastics Federation, the United States Olympic Committee and USADA have confirmed this. Simone and everyone at USA Gymnastics believe in the importance of a level playing field for all athletes.”


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