Cleaner finds needles at Commonwealth Games athletes' village

Emmett Rice
April 4, 2018

A copy of the reprimand letter will be served on the chef de mission of the India team. "The venues were nearly completely ready a year ago, they are further along than any other Games that I've been a part of".

Mageean, the 2016 European Championships 1500m bronze medallist, was confirmed in the role on Monday evening (April 2) on the 13-strong squad's final night at their holding camp, before they move into the Athletes Village on Tuesday. It also includes their concern over the player's sexual health.

Mr Grevemberg said he was reluctant to speculate on allegations and was waiting for more facts, with an initial report expected to be delivered to the CGF medical commission on Sunday.

The 26-year-old clinched a gold medal at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria and became the first Indian to be adjudged as the best boxer at the event. "Athletes are obviously ready to go, so it should be good".

Santiago Nieva was speaking to Australia's 7 News as speculation grew over the syringes, which Games officials said were discovered after a tip-off from a cleaner.

Even before the opening ceremony took place, they were dealt with a big blow as India's boxing team doctor Amol Patil has been reprimanded for breaching the no-needle policy that is in place for the upcoming Games.

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"When people are given the privilege to come in and watch an event and they break the rules, that's not high performance, that's infringing on the spirit which these Games represent", Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg said.

These are vital events for the country and sports federations and the National Olympic Committee of Kenya should take them seriously. So, I will be looking at one shot at a time.

"Sometimes it is specific airports, so at Gatwick I've been told I need to hand over my passport to a complete stranger because some of the gates aren't accessible". The Commonwealth will starts from one of the "Parade of Nations", the "Contestants" Oath" and the finale to the "Queen's Baton Relay'.

The journey began in March of 2017 at Buckingham Palace in London, when the Queen Elizabeth II placed her message to the Commonwealth and its athletes inside the baton.

"I think the most important thing from the games point of view is to make certain that the appropriate processes are followed and if there's a penalty that needs to be applied, that it's applied, " Beattie said.

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