Commonwealth Games 2018: Doping cloud lurks as syringe found near athletes' vilage

01 April 2018, 05:22 PM
Commonwealth Games 2018 (Image source: PTI)
Commonwealth Games 2018 (Image source: PTI)

India politely denied any involvement in doping after syringes were found near the athletes’ village at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday. The authorities are deciding if the matter requires probe.

The syringes were found near accommodation where some of the Indian athletes are staying, as per the reports. However, it is still unclear who used the syringes.

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief executing David Grevemberg said that a staff reported them about the used syringes and the matter will now be looked closely.

It was one of the Indian official who handed the syringes to CGF medical team, claimed an Indian official.

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"The syringes were not found in Indian athletes' rooms. It's in the same building where athletes from many countries are residing. It does not belong to us," an Indian official was quoted by PTI.

"It's the Indian contingent's doctors who handed over the syringes to the medical commission and they disposed them off. They had nothing more to ask us and there was no further communication from them. It's unfair that we are being doubted. We acted in good faith," the official added.

Few Indians were supposed to attend dope tests but the official said it was under usual routine and not connected to the syringe incident.

"We have tried to ensure that no drug cheat is competing. It's a norm that randomly many athletes are tested before the Games begin. It's pre-Games testing and it has nothing to do with this incident," the official insisted.

“If analytical evidence indicates it's worth a follow-up, the CGF medical commission will follow procedures, set out in the anti-doping standard." Said Grevemberg.

First Published: Sunday, April 01, 2018 05:06 PM
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