Trouble for India at CWG 2018: Games Federation probes alleged syringe use by athletes

The CGF has summoned an unidentified national association, believed to be India, to be present before its medical commission as part of an investigation into the discovery of syringes in the Games Village.

Trouble for India at CWG 2018: Games Federation probes alleged syringe use by athletes
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Following the discovery of syringes at the Games Village in Gold Coast, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has summoned an unidentified national association, believed to be India, to be present before its medical commission as part of an investigation into the incident, which allegedly involves India's boxing squad  - the PTI reported on Monday. 

The breach of 'No Needle Policy' in force at the Games Village prompted the CGF to launch a probe after syringes were discovered. CEO of the CGF, David Grevemberg, confirmed the development without disclosing the name of the nation that has been summoned.

Grevemberg added that the CGF is in contact with the concerned CWG association, with the Games scheduled to begin on April 4 with the opening ceremony, followed by competition across sports from the subsequent day.

"That CGA has now been summoned to engage in a meeting with our medical commission later today (Monday 2 April)," Grevemberg said at a press conference.

"If there is more information by this afternoon, I will come here, (Main Press Centre) and report that information to you (the media) after those proceedings," Grevemberg further said. "The report (of the medical commission) will include the testimony of the concerned CGA and that will be put forward to our federation court for further deliberation to determine the appropriate sanction."

The Indian contingent, the PTI further reported, has meanwhile admitted to the use of syringes but only for the purpose of injecting multivitamins. They had earlier, reportedly, said that the syringes could also belong to other teams staying in the same compound.

"There has been no doping violation because the syringe had been used to inject multi-vitamins. The boxers have been tested and had there been a violation, we would have known by now," a top official in the Indian contingent said.

"We are now waiting for what the CGF decides," he added.

Meanwhile, the Games' organising committee chairman, Peter Beattie, insisted. "There will be transparency and nothing will be covered up."

(With PTI Inputs)