Commonwealth Games – 2018: Indian athletes face investigation after syringes are found

Gold Coast: Indian athletes were facing investigations on Saturday after the discovery of syringes in their accommodation at the Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Australia.

A cleaner at the athletes’ village tipped off authorities about the syringes, which will now be analysed, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Chief Executive David Grevemberg said.

He added that the CWG has a “no-needles” policy for athletes — and “zero tolerance” for doping. The Games will open in Gold Coast on Wednesday.

The Indian team denied any wrongdoing or that the syringes were even in their rooms.

He added: “If analytical evidence indicates it’s worth a follow-up, the CGF Medical Commission will follow these procedures as set out in the anti-doping standard.” Grevemberg refused to reveal whether athletes at the accommodation would undergo extra testing, stressing that the “element of surprise” was important in catching drug cheats.

However, India team manager, Ajay Narang, denied the needles were anything to do with them.

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