BC-OLY--WADA Bullying,1st Ld
MONTREAL (AP) — A law firm found no evidence that members of the World Anti-Doping Agency bullied athletes’ representative Beckie Scott, though it concluded that one member’s comments to her “could be viewed as aggressive, harsh or disrespectful.”
WADA released a 58-page report Wednesday night that was conducted to determine whether Scott, the Canadian Olympic champion, was bullied at a contentious meeting last September when officials lifted the suspension of Russia’s anti-doping agency over her protest.
She said she was subject to laughter and bullying during two parts of the meeting and singled out WADA and IOC members Francesco Ricci Bitti and Patrick Baumann as the aggressors.
The investigators interviewed 29 witnesses, including some who noticed Scott was close to tears during exchanges with Ricci Bitti.
Scott did not participate in the investigation because, in part, the law firm that conducted it had done previous work for WADA.