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'No bullying' at meeting: WADA probe

AFP  |  Montreal 

The (WADA) said independent investigators found no evidence of and harassment by senior executives during a stormy meeting last year which addressed the lifting of a drugs ban against

had hired external legal investigators to conduct an investigation following accusations of leveled against senior officials by Canadian

Scott, who had spoken out against WADA's plans to lift sanctions against Russia's anti-doping agency (RUSADA), said she had been treated with a "level of disrespect" by fellow officials at the meeting in the

But a 58-page report by independent investigators concluded that while colleagues had treated Scott in an "aggressive, harsh and disrespectful" manner, it did not constitute

The report recommended a series of measures to be implemented, including training of committee members on boardroom dialogue.

"Although the investigation found there was no bullying or harassment, at its next meeting in September the will consider the recommendations relating to the Agency's governance policies, training and protocols and remains ready to make improvements where it can," said in a statement.

"The discussion related specifically to those recommendations aside, the now considers the investigation to be closed."

The controversy had erupted after Scott claimed she was ridiculed when she produced a list of committees who had spoken against lifting the ban on over its doping scandal.

"There was laughter when I read the list of committees who had produced statements and who were confronting the decision," Scott told the last year.

"It was all, it was a combined effect that left me feeling as though there is very little respect, there is very little appreciation, and there is very little value for the contribution that the athletes have at this table."

Scott said neither WADA's nor had challenged officials who made "gestures that were inappropriate."

Investigators however said there was no credible evidence that anyone at the meeting had laughed at Scott when she spoke.

However the report provided insight into the tensions within WADA between various stakeholders, with member suggesting that Scott had acted "victimistic."

"The plays a good role, but they have to keep their place as everybody," Ricci Bitti said.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 21:41 IST