England Hockey statement on leaked medical information

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England Hockey is very disappointed that three of our athletes' personal medical information has been released without their permission.

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.

Alex Danson 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. She received an injection of methyl-prednisolone (an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid) into her ankle in September 2008, following a well-documented injury to her ankle joint. She also was prescribed an oral dose of Dexamethasone in September 2014, (an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid) as an emergency in an Argentinian hospital following a concussive head injury, to help reduce swelling around the brain.

Sam Quek was prescribed a Ventolin inhaler in February 2008 for the treatment of mild 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.