Organizers of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia have launched inquiry into suspected breach of anti-doping guidelines by athletes from participating countries.
David Grevemberg, the chief executive of the games Monday said syringes were found at the athletes’ village over the weekend, in spite of no-needles policy adopted for the games.
Grevemberg though did not identify which team was involved in the breach, but confirmed an inquiry has been launched into the incident.
“This is very much an ongoing investigation but there has been a clear breach to the no-needle policy,” Grevemberg said.
“These needles have been brought in and there was no approval for them to be there.”
Gold Coast 2018 chairman, Peter Beattie said the situation was “very unhelpful”, with just two days to the opening ceremony.
“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.
For the Games, medical practitioners or athletes with a condition requiring auto-injecting such as diabetes, would requite prior approval to take needles into the village.