Olympian Mary-Sophie Harvey broke a real bombshell when she declared on her Instagram account that she had been drugged during the last day of the Aquatic Worlds which took place in Budapest from June 18 to July 3 .
Bronze medalist in the 4×200 freestyle relay in Budapest when she swam the preliminaries, Harvey says she has no memory of a four to six hour period the day before the Canadian team left. It left Hungary on June 26.
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“I was drugged the last day of the Worlds, she wrote. For a period of four to six hours, I have no memory. My only memory is that the manager of the Canadian team and the doctor were with me very close to my bed when I woke up. »
During this period when she does not remember anything, the swimmer from Trois-Rivières who trains under the colors of the CAMO club claims to have injured herself. She attached a photo of her sore ribs.
A photo she posted on her Instagram account showing injuries she allegedly sustained during that time when she doesn't remember anything
“I injured my ribs and suffered a concussion.
Silence was not an option
Eighth in the 4x200m individual medley final, Harvey says she hesitated a long time before sharing her story in the public square, but she decided to go ahead for a very specific reason.
“I wondered if I was going to publish or not, but there are so many sad situations like this that happen that I could not remain silent. »
“I'm still scared by the things that I can't remember that happened that night,” Harvey said. In a way, I'm embarrassed about what happened and I think I always will be. But I won't let this incident define me as a person. »
Reactions from Swimming Canada
In an e-mailed statement, Swimming Canada confirms that an incident has occurred and that a internal investigation has been opened.
In light of the information gleaned so far, it is confirmed that the athletes left the team hotel after the last group meet to celebrate what was the best Worlds in Canadian swimming history with a harvest of 11 medals (3 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze). Canada finished third behind the United States and Australia. The previous mark was eight set in Gwangju, South Korea in 2019.
“We are aware of an incident that took place the day before we left Budapest, confirmed the director of communications of the Nathan White organization by e-mail on behalf of the organization. As soon as staff were made aware of the situation, Mary-Sophie received excellent medical care from our on-site team physician and it was determined that she could return home. “
Swimming Canada ensures that Harvey was not left to fend for herself when she returned to the country.
“Staff members have been in contact with Mary-Sophie since his return and still are. We offer him support. We are continuing to gather more information on the situation and the file has been turned over to our Independent Safe Sport Officer. »