New investigation ordered into bobsled champ Kaillie Humphries’ abuse allegations | Globalnews.ca

2021-07-21 10:22:33

Calgary-born Olympic gold medallist Kaillie Humphries has received an enchantment to have her allegations of an abusive teaching atmosphere at Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton investigated once more.

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The unique investigation by BCS mentioned proof was inadequate for her claims of verbal and emotional abuse by a coach and a scarcity of motion by employees.

That investigation was not thorough, honest or cheap, based on Robert Armstrong, the arbitrator for the Sports activities Dispute Decision Centre of Canada.

“The investigator employed by BCS to look into their group didn’t conduct the interviews with witnesses he was assigned to get statements from, made no effort to discern the credibility of the events and made conclusive statements with none adequate evaluation to help his conclusion,” Humphries’ authorized staff mentioned in a information launch despatched on Tuesday.

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BCS mentioned it seems to be ahead to a immediate investigation.

“An arbitrator of the SDRCC has requested a reinvestigation of sure complaints made by Ms. Humphries,” it mentioned.

“The arbitrator on the similar time upheld the dismissal of a grievance of retaliation made by Ms. Humphries, which alleged that her therapeutic massage time had been purposefully diminished by BCS. The arbitrator expressed no view of the allegations that can be reinvestigated. The remaining allegations are that — allegations. They are going to be reinvestigated.”

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Jeffrey Rath, Humphries’ lawyer, mentioned they’re “fully unsurprised” by Armstrong’s ruling.

“What stays shocking to us is the extent to which Bobsleigh Canada continues to waste a whole bunch of 1000’s of {dollars} on litigation that seems to be nothing greater than organizational abuse of course of to the detriment of Canadian athletes,” he mentioned.


Bronze medallists within the girls’s two-man bobsled Kaillie Humphries and Phylicia George, of Canada, smile in the course of the medals ceremony on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.


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Humphries was launched from the Canadian bobsleigh staff in 2019.

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“As a direct results of Ms. Humphries fearing for her private security, given [her former coach’s] sample of verbal abuse and repute for violence, Ms. Humphries was compelled to carry authorized motion to acquire her launch from Bobsleigh Canada to compete for the USA,” her authorized staff mentioned.

“As a U.S. athlete, she has now received two world championships within the girls’s two-man bobsleigh (2020, 2021) and is the primary gold medallist within the girls’s world championship monobob occasion.”

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Humphries mentioned she selected to enchantment the “improper investigation” as a result of she didn’t imagine BCS may adequately examine itself.

“Nobody would have chosen to place themselves via what I’ve been via until they totally believed within the credibility of their declare,” she mentioned.

“It’s clear by different current examples, together with the brave combat of the U.S. girls gymnastics staff, that these sport organizations want oversight and shouldn’t be investigating themselves.”

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Canadian bobsleigh gold medalists Kaillie Humphries, left, and Heather Moyse pose with their medals on the awards ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, on the Whistler Olympic Park in the course of the Winter Olympic Video games.


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The SDRCC ruling requires Bobsleigh Canada to nominate an SDRCC investigator.




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