Canadian swimmer Mary-Sophie Harvey shared a rather disturbing post on Instagram on Wednesday. She said that she got drugged on the last night of the FINA Aquatic World Championships in Budapest.
In her instagram post, shared by swimswam.com, the swimmer wrote the following:
“On the last night of the World Championships, I got drugged. At the time I wasn’t aware of what got inside of me, I just remember waking up the next morning completely lost; with our team manager and doctor at my bedside. I remember celebrating my competition while also being reasonable and aware of my next objective, which is Commonwealth Games. But then, I don’t remember anything. there’s this four-to-six-hour window where I can’t recall a single thing. I’ve heard bits and pieces by people and I’ve experienced judgement too. The only thing I can say is this: I’ve never felt more ashamed.”
The next day, she was having dinner with her family, when she felt that something was not okay. “I ended up going to the hospital, where I was met with doctors & psychologists,” she continues. Although she had a rib sprain and a small concussion, she got lucky. According to her doctors, these kind of incidents happen quite often and it could have been worse.
Unfortunately, a lot more people are affected by getting drugged than one would think. That is why the swimmer wrote a warning, too. “To anyone reading this, please be careful. I thought I was safe, that it would never happen to me, especially while being surrounded by friends. But it did…and I wish someone had educated me on the matter prior to that night. … Thank you to the people that helped me while I was vulnerable and for those who’ve reached out since then. I apologize to anyone that has been trying to contact me or see me, but felt something was off. I’m still learning to cope with everything and find myself again. Thank you for understanding.”
As blikk.hu reports, Swimming Canada has responded to the incident. “We are aware there was an incident the night before departure from Budapest. As soon as team staff became aware, Mary received excellent medical treatment from our team physician on site, and was cleared to travel home,” they wrote. In addition, they emphasized that the safety and health of their team members is the most important. “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.”
Source: swimswam.com, blikk.hu