Canadian Swimmer Mary-Sophie Harvey Says She Was Drugged at World Aquatics Championships

Canadian swimmer Mary-Sophie Harvey said she was drugged during the final night of the recent World Aquatic Championships in Budapest.

Harvey, 22, said in an Instagram post on July 6 that she remembered “celebrating my competition” in the Hungarian capital last month, then there was a “four-to-six-hour window where I can’t recall a single thing.”

Harvey woke up the next morning with her team manager and doctor at her bedside and “never felt more ashamed,” the swimmer said.

Harvey said she suffered a sprained rib and a concussion and discovered “a dozen bruises” on her body.

“Some of my friends told me afterwards that they had to carry me while I was unconscious and it probably explained why. It didn’t make me feel any better,” Harvey wrote.

Harvey, who won a bronze medal in the women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay in Budapest, warned of a “dangerous increasing number” of drink spiking cases.

In an email to The Canadian Press, Swimming Canada spokesperson Nathan White said that they were aware of “an incident the night before departure from Budapest.”

“As soon as team staff became aware, Mary received excellent medical treatment from our team physician onsite and was cleared to travel home. Staff have been in contact with Mary since her return and we are offering her support. We continue to gather information on the situation, and the file has been forwarded to our independent Safe Sport officer,” White further said.

The sport’s international governing body Fina said that it has launched an investigation into the incident.

“Fina is aware of the distressing reports regarding Mary-Sophie Harvey and Fina is deeply concerned about her wellbeing,” the body said.

“We are in contact with Swimming Canada and the Local Organizing Committee,” the body added.


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