CWG 2018: India reprimanded for violation of organisers' 'no needle' policy

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An India boxing team doctor was found by a Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Court to have breached the event's "No Needle Policy" by failing to store syringes properly in the run-up to the quadrennial showpiece in Australia.

Following the investigation, it has been found that the anti-doping rules have not been broken, it was confirmed in a statement.

Reports were doing the rounds that syringes were found outside India's accommodation in the games village at Gold Coast, which had left the CWG authorities unhappy.

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The Indian Olympic Association, who oversee the team at the Commonwealth Games, were earlier ordered to appear in front of the CGF's Medical Commission to explain the circumstances surrounding the uncovering of the syringes.

An investigation was launched into the matter following the discovery.

"The chief executive officer of the Commonwealth Games Federation has been made aware through media representatives of purported allegations [of an indecent assault involving a Commonwealth Games delegate], however there has been no reporting to the CGF through the established village processes", the CGF statement read.

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Asked if the boxer was given a performance-enhancing drug, Mr Nieva said: "No, that was a vitamin substance". However he claimed the syringes were used to treat an athlete who had fallen ill and not for any other goal.

"I'm confident that our boxers (have) not taken anything", he told the Seven Network.

"We had one boxer who didn't feel very well and doctor has given him an injection".

These needles have been brought here, but they have no clearance to stay there. But thankfully, none of the results seemed indicative towards doping. However, they have been placed under the scanner for breaching the strict the "no needle policy".

The disciplinary body in its findings said Patil had breached the regulations by leaving the needle in the room while he went to thr polyclinic to find a bind to dispose of the sharp syringes.

The Commonwealth Games CEO further added, "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".

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