Comm Games bosses to question team over needles

Victoria Falls on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia is over 1700 metres wide

Victoria Falls on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia is over 1700 metres wide

The team is mainly composed of newcomers, especially athletics, and that presents a good opportunity for the coaches to gauge our sportsmen and women whom they are grooming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

India politely denied any involvement in doping after syringes were found near the athletes' village at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

"Some syringes found were found in the athletes' village and we are continuing to investigate the nature of why those syringes were found and if anything is behind this", he said.

The syringes were found near accommodation where some of the Indian athletes are staying, as per the reports.

The report said the boxers initially denied the allegations but the team doctor confessed to the use of the syringe - insisting there was no wrongdoing. "It does not belong to us".

India's team manager Ajay Narang later said a bottle containing syringes had been found on an outside pathway and he had personally delivered it to authorities.

With just three days until the Games' opening ceremony, he promised that investigation would be undertaken with haste.

Organisers have added an extra 40,000 seats in recent weeks in response to strong demand, they say, after some of the most popular events sold out.

"The syringes were not of an Indian athlete, that is for sure", Indian Olympic Association secretary-general Rajeev Mehta told DNA.

"When you're in a position to organise an event like this. if you've got measures in place to ensure that cheating is not allowed, that anyone who is involved in improper practice is dealt with and you enforce that, people understand", he said. It's a norm that randomly many athletes are tested before the Games begin.

The BAM is vying for four gold medals with the ten-member national squad in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

"This is very much an ongoing investigation but there has been a clear breach to the no-needle policy", Grevemberg said.

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