Denmark Defends Pernille Blume & Jeanette Ottesen After Leak Of Medical Records

Pernille Blume - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Pernille Blume, the Olympic 50m freestyle champion, has defended her reputation after the medical details of a legitimate Therapeutic Use Exemption for a banned substance contains din an asthma treatment was leaked by pro-Russian that hacked into the anti-doping database of the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Danish Swimming Federation has come to the defence of Blume and Jeanette Ottesen, a former world champion and a medley relay medallist with Blume at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games last month after both were named in the ‘Fancy Bears’ leak of medical data from the ADAMS database

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Pernille Blume, the Olympic 50m freestyle champion, has defended her reputation after the medical details of a legitimate Therapeutic Use Exemption for a banned substance contains din an asthma treatment was leaked by pro-Russian that hacked into the anti-doping database of the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Danish Swimming Federation has come to the defence of Blume and Jeanette Ottesen, a former world champion and a medley relay medallist with Blume at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games last month after both were named in the ‘Fancy Bears’ leak of medical data from the ADAMS database



I just think that WADA should close the loophole on TUE.

It’s not fair for their competitors.

If you are sick, then you should take a rest and manage your illness using treatment not on
WADA’s banned list.

Blume, Conger, Belmonte, Baker, they are all Olympics gold medallists.
This is so unfair.


Also, aren’t corticosteroids favored by many cheaters as masking agent for anabolic?

And what the hell is with the widespread use for ADHD medication?


Simona Biles getting her ADHD approved retroactively 8 months later is a joke.
She may be the current greatest female gymnast but she had the help of ADHD to execute all her moves.

And Jack Conger getting TUE for Adderall?
Mellouli was banned for 1.5 years and her world championships title and medals were forfeited for using the same exact drug.



How blatantly ridiculous it is when I am healthier than Serena/Venus Williams, Kathleen Baker, Jack Conger, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Pernille Blume, Jeanette Ottesen, Simone Biles, Mireia Belmonte etc.

Pavel Buyanov

WADA allowed an American swimmer to us a motor boat because he didn’t know how to swim. Absurd! You are sick to a point when you have to take steroids? Then Paralympics are for you. Oh wait! Parathlets are not allowed to take steroids either! Oh wait! It’s only Russian parathlets are not allowed to take steroids! In fact! Only Russians are not allowed to take steroids! For everyone else there is TUE!

Craig Lord

Pavel: lots of Russian swimmers have had TUEs and AAFs (I know of nine cases – and no, I don’t feel a need to name them – I’m sure Fancy Bears, in its pursuit of neutrality and truth will do that for us) in common with lots of others. I also know of two missing EPO tests never reported by the Russian Swimming Federation. That will not go away because they wish it to be ‘disappeared’ like a dodgy Sochi sample. Meanwhile, I urge you to stay neutral. Beware the one-eyed accusation you make – you may be looking in a mirror… it is a human condition that afflicts us all – and the only TUE available is called awareness. The reason why Russia was a pariah this summer is very clear indeed- and I’m sure that you and everyone else can see it if you choose to look. The TUE system does not equate to taking steroids and other substances to enhance performance in the vast majority of cases; that cheats might/will/do exploit it should come as no surprise to anyone; that most use the TUE with full knowledge of doctors, coaches, federations and those tasked with overview, check and balance tells us that athletes suffer from the stuff we all suffer from, such as asthma; that the discussion now raised on TUEs affords an opportunity to look at issues of transparency and efficiency in that system. None of it equates to the cheating, corruption and cover-up we know to have been at play in Russia (regardless of whether you think – but don’t know – whether that has happened elsewhere). I urge you not to let the dark work of people who would order the collection of clean samples so that they might be swapped for filthy specimens from athletes who are being abused from a young age to colour your view and cause you to reach for the red button that says ‘all humans are just as bad as those involved in the worst of it in Russia/elsewhere’ – they are not. The fact is that Russia, with official and system involvement, has been engaged in seriously bad practices and culture. None of that suggests that bad things are not happening elsewhere but it would be wrong to say ‘we cannot deal with this big rogue in the room because there may be other dangerous creatures in here, too’ – the rogue has been identified and proven to have been a rogue (the full details yet to be confirmed/and/or/accepted by the likes of the IOC – but we can expect that to happen…) – and that rogue needs dealing with.


I did say back then that I believe that more than 50% of the finalists (I believe I said even a higher number, maybe 6/8) are doping, this is just further proof that I wasn’t that far off.
“legally” or not I consider this gaining advantage above those who don’t take anything.

Craig Lord

ITR – it is not doping to take a course of an asthma drug at a specific dosage below the level at which WADA experts consider it to be performance enhancing. It is not doping to take a 10-day course of a drug prescribed to avert dangerous inflammation of internal organs, for example, at a time when the condition means that the athlete can neither train fully nor compete because the condition in question is debilitating. That is what, for the most part, we are talking about. You did indeed say what you say you said – and you were also misguided in the scope of your comment the first time 🙂 … ‘Doping’ is a term reserved for those who seek unnatural advantage in the dark of night, so to speak, not those who take a small dose of a drug for a specific condition under controlled circumstances and the knowledge of the system and anti-doping administrators/federation heads, coaches etc, and with specific dosages specified (if they exceed that and get caught, they can be declared ‘positive’ regardless of the TUE; and some of the dosages I see are smaller than I take for mild asthma when the condition dictates I seek help – during ‘flu etc) or at a time when they have surgery etc. I believe that this issue has raised the need for consideration of the TUE system and matters of transparency and what is appropriate – but am not at all sure why there is such a fuss on this issue in general (beyond the obvious links to the Russian doping crisis of a different nature altogether): this system has been in place for a long time and is well known to coaches, swimmers, feds and all those involved (including some now suggesting they weren’t aware of it, I suspect). Fans who sound a touch shocked by it all are simply people who never did their homework on the environment of world-class sport. What would you suggest for a swimmer going into surgery for a shoulder injury and requiring a banned substance for the moment and the days beyond up to and including some rehabilitation, depending on the nature of the injury/operation? I ask with this in mind: who do we consider the bigger risk: the swimmer who registers their problem, has it verified by independent medical experts and is registered in an official system recognising that athletes live in the real world with the rest of us; or, say, an athlete who competes a huge number of times, training and travelling and never stopping as they go, but never injured, never tired, never reaching a stage of fatigue that requires a restorative pause from the grind? There is a good reason why the TUE system is in place – and while there are bound to be cheats in that realm, too, just as there are in the realms of the caught and the uncaught, most will be using the system because they have to, under medical instruction, I would imagine. They are not ‘doping’, as you suggest.
There are cases that do indeed raise serious questions, including those raised in the article in the link below that sums up extremely well how the system could be abused) no shying away from asking tough questions on this in some nations – but not a peep let alone a tough question in some places when it comes to systematic doping on the doorstep…)


Sad to see that aswimfan has drank the koolaid. This is what happens when anyone is allowed to publish things on the internet. Aswimfan you should do some research on TUEs and on the asthma and chlorine connections for swimmers. I know I can speak from experience from when I was coaching that breathing the air inside swimming pools caused me to have some major health issues. And, I wasn’t even swimming during that time. I even asked Caeleb Dressel about his experiences with it because I remember him having problems when I watched him go 18.9 at Winter Junior Nationals in 2013. You can probably find that video on youtube. This was from NCAAs in Iowa City.


aswimfan- be very glad you are healthier than Kathleen Baker or Siobhan MarieO’Conner. IBD in all its forms is a totally miserable chronic condition to have.

Be very glad you are healthier than Serena Williams. The kind of pulmonary embolism she had in 2011 can easily kill people if not caught quickly for treatment.

Craig Lord

aswimfan… between a fifth and a third of all elite swimmers at various levels, include age-group, would have to quit swimming overnight if they were not granted permission to take some for of asthma drug. The list you follow from FB’s leak is the surface. There are many, many more names than that. It isn’t unfair in the way you suggest – and that system has been in place for a great many years – there is a good reason why that system is required – the list of TUEs will include some of your biggest heroes… The issue with the TUEs is one of transparency (and not doping/cheating and what is truly ‘unfair’ as a result). As I suggest in another note, you can guarantee that rogues (inc. doctors) have and do exploit the system. Most will be legitimate cases under medical supervision in a system open to all and publicised openly for many years on the WADA website.

Blah Blah

corticosteroids are not performance enhancing. quite the opposite. Salmeterol on the other hand is.

Craig Lord

Bla Blah, “corticosteroids are not performance enhancing” – not quite so. Depends on your definition of ‘enhanced’. Myriad references you can turn to to show why this and related families of substances are on the banned list.


When some athletes are injured, they may actually need to apply for “TUE” to treat, especially if they are the Europeans and North Americans.
But if it is in other parts of the athletes, such as Russia and China, the situation will not be the same. Like Sun Yang, he was tested positive, but CHNADA and FINA both found that he was innocent, he was taking the wrong medicine for treating the disease,but plenty of evidence to prove wrong is a doctor and Chinese Swimming Association。
But because of this positive, Sun Yang has been questioned by western public opinion for 2 years, in the Olympic Games is to suffer from the Australian insult.But the same is positive, the same is the treatment to take banned substance,western athletes because of the so-called “TUE”, can be forgive.According to Sun Yang’s treatment, TUE athletes should also be a “drug cheat” because their urine is purple.
Change a perspective, according to data released by the hackers, in Rio Olympic Games, the UK 27 gold MEDALS in nearly half of the gold medal is by “TUE” athletes, while China’s 26 gold MEDALS, TUE athletes get 0. This difference is normal?


Bethany mattek sands TUE was for DHEA, the same drug that landed Efimova on her first ban.

Jack Conger TUE was for Adderall, the same drug that landed Mellouli on 2 years ban and world Champs medals forfeited.


I think people would be more trusting of these TUE s if WADA and sporting Federations were not corrupt.
As it is, we can’t know for sure which one is genuine TUE and which one is not.

Craig Lord

Sorry, ronaham but neither Chinada nor FINA found him to be innocent… they found him to have a banned substance in his body, one that does not come with a TUE. He was held responsible for that under WADA rules and received a three-month suspension that he never served (not good for all concerned). You are failing to see the truth in the picture and you are attacking a system that has long been in place for China, just as anywhere else, to make use of, because it is now convenient to do so. You could have raised these issues at any time in the past 10 years. You did not because you were ignorant, one assumes. Sun Yang and team were not ignorant… and the rules state that even if they were ignorant, they are responsible and must act in the wider interest of global, clean sport and fair play. They did not do that. Those who applied for TUEs did do that, regardless of what FBs agenda and your’s may tell you.

Craig Lord

Indeed, aswimfan… and that is one of those issues that I allude to in my editorial on this issue. It needs looking at, for sure.

Dan smith

Half of the Uk,s gold medals were by TUE athletes?
Cool stuff. The Brits do it well.

Now i, would like to know how many American and Chinese golds were TUE for comparison.

Craig Lord

Dan, you’d be better asking a wider question: there isn’t a single nation among those placing athletes on the podium that has no TUEs in place.

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