Sunday, April 14

Mary-Sophie Harvey says she was drugged at World Swimming Championships

Agencies

Canadian swimmer Mary-Sophie Harvey says she was drugged during the final night of the World Championships in Budapest last month.

According to the BBC, the twenty-two years old Harvey said “there is a four-to-six-hour window” where she cannot recall a thing and woke up having suffered a sprained rib and concussion.

The Tokyo Olympian later discovered “dozens of bruises” on her body.

“I ended up going to the hospital, where I was met with doctors and psychologists. They tested and treated me the best way they could,” Harvey wrote on Instagram.

Swimming’s world governing body Fina said it had launched an investigation.

“Fina is aware of the distressing reports regarding Mary-Sophie Harvey and Fina is deeply concerned about her wellbeing,” BBC quoted FINA as saying.

“We are in contact with Swimming Canada and the local organising committee. In 2021, Fina adopted widespread measures aimed at safeguarding athletes and an independent investigation officer has been assigned to investigate the matter further.”

Harvey, who won a bronze medal as part of the Canadian 4x200m relay team in Budapest, says there is a “dangerous increasing number” of drink spiking cases and included clippings from news stories about similar incidents in her Instagram post.

The swimmer believes the issue is “still not being talked about enough” and urged people to take precautions when on nights out.

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