• Sochi Paralympics 2014

Heather Mills accused of harassment by IPC

ESPN staff
December 19, 2013
Heather Mills won a World Cup silver back in August © Getty Images

The International Paralympic Committee will consider taking disciplinary action against Heather Mills after she pulled out of the 2014 Sochi Paralympics.

On Monday, Mills announced she would not be skiing at the event due to an injury relating to her prosthetic limb, but her management company says the situation is a consequence of an unfair IPC regulation, with the equipment she would have been competing on not being authorised.

The ex-wife of Beatle Sir Paul McCartney had the lower part of her left leg amputated following a collision with a police motorcycle two decades ago. After winning a World Cup silver in skiing in August, Mills was set to feature at Sochi.

However, Mills will not be taking part due to injury, who had been using a new piece of equipment to eliminate problems of discomfort and being ejected from her prosthetic leg when learning how to slalom.

And now the IPC have said they will consider taking action against Mills after events that unfolded following the withdrawal.

"I was trying to explain to [Mills] that this is not the equipment we approved earlier in the year and then that was it, she exploded," IPC skiing committee head Sylvana Mestre told BBC Sport.

"She jumped on me. She grabbed me from the back and she started to say that 'you don't know who I am, I will make your life miserable'."

A representative of Mills, however, has countered the comments of Mestre in a statement, which read: "Heather waited patiently (as IPC confirmed) to try and explain to Sylvana Mestre that her left boot was legal and purely cosmetic to abide by the archaic IPC rules. Sylvana shouted at Heather, would not let Tony [the GB coach] speak or explain, and stormed back to the boardroom raised table."

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