Investigation launched after cleaner finds needles inside Commonwealth Games Athletes Village

THE Commonwealth Games Federation has revealed it has launched an investigation into the discovery of needles found inside the official Athletes Village on the Gold Coast.

CGF chief executive David Grevemberg said the syringes were found by a cleaner and confirmed the matter was now under investigation.

Mr Grevemberg could not, however, say exactly when or where the needles were found in the village.


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The Indian team has said the needles were found in a bottle on a pathway outside their accommodation.

Mr Grevemberg said an initial report was expected to be delivered to the medical commission 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.

“ASADA investigators have collected evidence and took statements from medical and athlete representatives of the CGA (Commonwealth Games Association).

“The CGF medical commission will be progressing discussions with the concerned CGA and their medical staff regarding a possible breach.

“We are absolutely committed to the fight against doping in sport and these Games will certainly do its bit.”

It comes less than a week after the CGF announced a revamped anti-doping partnership with ASADA and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation.

Athletes are bound by a “no-needle” policy, with exemptions given only to medical practitioners and those needing “auto-injection” therapies for conditions such as diabetes.

The 2018 anti-doping program has been described as the most-extensive in Commonwealth Games history, with testing before, during and after the event.

The Games start on Wednesday.

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