Commonwealth Games 2018: India's syringe controversy reaches CGF court


Commonwealth Games officials are analysing the syringes.

Speaking after a function at the Games village, Newenham did also say that it is hoped that Podium Programme athletes will give 100 per cent at the Commonwealth Games. The complaint had indicted the Indian team, saying it had breached the CGF's "no-needle" policy. For many, that would feel like a considerable pressure but the laid-back Glaswegian, who won Commonwealth Youth Games gold in 2015, is unfazed by the expectations on him.

The dope tests that followed the discovery of syringes have been negative, giving the concerned association, presumably India, massive relief.

Earlier the federation's chief executive, David Grevemberg, said officials from a country he declined to identify had been summoned to a meeting with the organisation's medical commission.

On Monday India's high performance boxing manager, Santiago Nieva, admitted a team doctor had administered a vitamin injection to a sick athlete. "Just because of the fault of some athlete (read boxer), the entire contingent is being looked upon with suspicion", an Indian coach was quoted as saying by TOI. Games organizing committee chairman Paul Beattie insisted that "nothing would be covered up" and the matter would be handled in a transparent manner. "So there has to be a outcome, the same way there is a effect for athletes and officials, and so the effect is, we have suspended their accreditation", he added.

Athletes are bound by a "no-needle" policy, with exemptions given only to medical practitioners and those needing "auto-injection" therapies for conditions such as diabetes.

Under the No Needle Policy, needles are required to be stored in a central secured location, access to which is restricted to authorised medical personnel of the CGA delegation.

The 21st Commonwealth Games opening ceremony will be conducted Wednesday at 1 pm East African time, setting the tone for eleven days of fierce battle for medals in the Coastal City of Gold Coast, Australia.

However, the CGF insists that athletes should take prior permissions, failing which can result in unspecified sanctions.