Canadian swimmer Mary-Sophie Harvey said she was drugged at the world championships in Budapest and passed out for six hours.

The 22-year-old, who qualified for the 200m medley final, wrote about his ordeal on Instagram.

“The last night of the world championship, I was drugged,” she said.

“At the time I was unaware of what was inside me, I just remember waking up the next morning completely lost; with our team leader and our doctor at my bedside.”

She said she remembered celebrating the competition, but then “there’s this four to six hour window where I don’t remember anything”.

Harvey told her followers that she had “never been so ashamed” and posted photos of bruises on her body.

She said they may have been caused by her friends carrying her while she was unconscious, and that she also suffered a sprained rib and a minor concussion.

The swimmer went to hospital and was treated by doctors and psychologists, who told her the drug “happens more often than you think”.

Harvey urged others to be careful and said the doping issue was not brought up enough.

She wrote: “I thought I was safe, that this would never happen to me, especially if I was surrounded by friends…I’m still scared to think about the strangers from that night.”

Reports of drinks being spiked – or even injected through a needle – appear to have increased in recent years in the UK.

A woman told Sky News last year that she felt “absolutely destroyed” after her her daughter was unable to speak or walk when his drink was apparently spiked at a nightclub.

Some cases have been taken to court, with a “sex predator” sentenced last week after using a suspected date-rape drug to assault two men.

The UK government has set up a new task force to eradicate the “odious” problem and each university has been asked to have a policy in place to tackle the spikes by the end of the year.

Drug Information Site Franc advises people to:

• Always buy your own drink and watch it pour

• Do not accept drinks from strangers

• Never leave your drink unattended while dancing or using the bathroom

• Don’t drink or taste someone else’s drink

• Throw away your drink if you find it tastes weird



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