Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Games Organisers Threaten Expulsion over Syringes

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Games Organisers Threaten Expulsion over Syringes

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COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Organisers are promising any athlete found doping at the Gold Coast Games will be thrown out of the event.

The commitment came after the Commonwealth Games Federation revealed syringes had been found by a cleaner in the athletes' village on the Gold Coast.

CGF chief executive David Grevemberg refused to reveal which nation was involved but reports linked the find to India's team.

Grevemberg also refused to confirm where or when the needles were located, but said an investigation was under way. A preliminary report was to be delivered late yesterday.

With just two days until the Games' opening ceremony, he promised the investigation would be undertaken with haste and if there was any wrongdoing, those responsible would face severe penalties.

"We're going to work as expediently as possible, within the rights of our standard," Grevemberg said.

"We don't want athletes that are cheating on the field of play, or in the Games, and let's just make that very clear. …

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