New investigation ordered into bobsled champ Kaillie Humphries’ abuse allegations

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Calgary-born Olympic golden medallist Kaillie Humphries has won an entreaty to person her allegations of an abusive coaching situation astatine Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton investigated again.

The archetypal probe by BCS said grounds was insufficient for her claims of verbal and affectional maltreatment by a manager and a deficiency of enactment by staff.

That probe was not thorough, just oregon reasonable, according to Robert Armstrong, the arbitrator for the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.

“The researcher hired by BCS to look into their enactment failed to behaviour the interviews with witnesses helium was assigned to get statements from, made nary effort to discern the credibility of the parties and made conclusive statements without immoderate capable investigation to enactment his conclusion,” Humphries’ ineligible squad said successful a quality merchandise sent connected Tuesday.

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BCS said it looks guardant to a punctual investigation.

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

“The arbitrator astatine the aforesaid clip upheld the dismissal of a ailment of retaliation made by Ms. Humphries, which alleged that her massage clip had been purposefully reduced by BCS. The arbitrator expressed nary presumption of the allegations that volition beryllium reinvestigated. The remaining allegations are that — allegations. They volition beryllium reinvestigated.”

Jeffrey Rath, Humphries’ lawyer, said they are “completely unsurprised” by Armstrong’s ruling.

“What remains astonishing to america is the grade to which Bobsleigh Canada continues to discarded hundreds of thousands of dollars connected litigation that appears to beryllium thing much than organizational maltreatment of process to the detriment of Canadian athletes,” helium said.

Bronze medallists successful the women’s two-man bobsled Kaillie Humphries and Phylicia George, of Canada, grin during the medals ceremonial astatine the 2018 Winter Olympics successful Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Patrick Semansky

Humphries was released from the Canadian bobsleigh squad successful 2019.

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“As a nonstop effect of Ms. Humphries fearing for her idiosyncratic safety, fixed [her erstwhile coach’s] signifier of verbal maltreatment and estimation for violence, Ms. Humphries was forced to bring ineligible enactment to get her merchandise from Bobsleigh Canada to vie for the United States,” her ineligible squad said.

“As a U.S. athlete, she has present won 2 satellite championships successful the women’s two-man bobsleigh (2020, 2021) and is the archetypal golden medallist successful the women’s satellite title monobob event.”

Humphries said she chose to entreaty the “improper investigation” due to the fact that she did not judge BCS could adequately analyse itself.

“No 1 would person chosen to enactment themselves done what I’ve been done unless they afloat believed successful the credibility of their claim,” she said.

“It’s wide by different caller examples, including the courageous combat of the U.S. women gymnastics team, that these athletics organizations request oversight and should not beryllium investigating themselves.”

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Canadian bobsleigh golden medalists Kaillie Humphries, left, and Heather Moyse airs with their medals astatine the awards ceremonial connected Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, astatine the Whistler Olympic Park during the Winter Olympic Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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

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