CWG: India's boxing team doctor reprimanded for flouting needle policy


Stories, as they have gained momentum, have it that a cleaning woman had alerted the officials after used syringes were found in a bottle and they were picked up by anti-doping officials from near the residential quarters of the Indian boxing team.

Boxers initially dismissed these accusations, but team doctor again accepted the use of the syringe. "We had one boxer who didn't feel very well and (a) doctor has given him an injection".

The CGF "no needle policy" is such that forbids an athlete to get injections 'without strong medical support.' However, there is a soft corner when an athlete has a prescribed medication or nutritional supplements under the supervision of a medical practitioner.

Athletes are banned from having needles in the village unless they have approval for the treatment of a condition requiring auto-injecting, such as diabetes.

Late on Monday, the CGF stated the its commission had concluded its investigation into the alleged violation of the CGF's no-needle policy. Chef de Mission Vikram Sisodia was present at the Games Village for the welcoming ceremony on Monday evening but was among the first of the Indian contingent to leave. After this, the Australian Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) and local police raided the room being shared by four boxers.

Three people have been placed in isolation after being diagnosed with influenza at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games' athlete's village.

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Under the no-needle policy, needles are required to be stored in a central secured location with restricted access.

However, the CGF insists that athletes should take prior permissions, failing which can result in unspecified sanctions. The conclusions have been extended to the CGF's Federation Court which will hear the case.

Speculation is rife that the country involved is India with a top official of the contingent yesterday confirming to PTI that syringe was used to inject multi-vitamins into a tired athlete.

Mauritius media reported that one of their athletes had been assaulted by an official from the nation's delegation to the April 4-15 Games.

CGF CEO David Grevemberg, in a press conference earlier in the day, said the it had initiated an investigation into the matter but did not name India as the target of the probe.