India team doctor reprimanded for Commonwealth Games needle infringement

Marco Green
April 8, 2018

India's Commonwealth Games campaign is off to a disappointing and sour start.

The hearing was conducted after the breach of "no needle policy" was confirmed by the CGF Medial Commission. Starting from the Flu striking the Village ahead of the tournament to the syringes being found outside the rooms of the Indian contingent at Gold Coast.

On the eve of the start of the 21st Commonwealth Games, in a massive reprieve to the Indian CWG contingent, the doctor of the country's boxing team, Amol Patil, was on Tuesday let off with a just a reprimand in the syringe controversy as he was found guilty of not disposing of needles safely after injecting vitamins to a worn out boxer.

While the court hearing was underway, Mr Grevemberg did say the CGF had used the matter to reinforce their commitment to the no-needles policy with representatives of the 71 nations and territories competing at the Games.

The federation concluded that there had been a breach of Paragraphs I and II of the No Needles Policy, which requires that needles be securely stored and disposed, since the doctor had left the needles in the room while he made trips to the polyclinic to get sharp bins for disposal. However, Games leaders said the discovery had been "unhelpful" but did not amount to a breach of anti-doping rules.

"These needles have been brought in and there was no approval for them to be there".

"We had one boxer who didn't feel very well and the doctor has given him an injection". Indian boxing team doctor Amol Patil has been issued with a "strong written reprimand" in the aftermath of the investigation by the authorities.

The Indian Commonwealth Games Association was summoned to a please explain meeting with Games officials on Monday afternoon, days after needles were discovered by a cleaner near where the team's boxers are staying.

Patil, meanwhile, was cleared of violating the second part of the policy as the body found that he had satisfied the requirement of the injection declaration form which was done so by email.

"A copy of the letter of reprimand should be served on the Chef de Mission of the Indian Team, who should be advised to ensure that no further infractions of CGF Policies occur by any member of the Indian Team".

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