Despite finding syringes which are use to inject banned substances at the Athletes Game Village early morning, the Commonwealth Games organizers held a special welcome ceremony for the Sri Lankan team yesterday where Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara too participated.
The ceremony was attended by the mayor of the Games Village who gave a special souvenir to SL acting chef de mission Chandana Liyanage.
Earlier, the Athletes Village was rocked after syringes were found in the Games Village which is banned. The banned items of needles and syringes are usually used to inject illegal steroids by athletes. Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) CEO David Grevemberg announced that the Federation hopes to complete its investigation into the discovery of syringes in the athletes’ village.
He described that the Australian Sport Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) investigation team had provided a report to the Federation’s medical commission which revealed that an unnamed Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) had breached the Federation’s ‘no needle policy’.
“That particular CGA has now been summoned to engage in a meeting with our medical commission later today (Monday 2 April),” he said.
“The report (of the medical commission) will include the testimony of the concerned CGA and that will be put forward to our federation court for further deliberation to determine the appropriate action.”The unnamed CGA, believed to be India, is the CGA who reported the issue as the needles were found near their rooms in the village but Indian official had denied any wrongdoing by their team.
Meanwhile the Queens baton arrived at Gold Coast on Sunday after a year-long journey across five continents. The baton left Buckingham Palace on March 13, 2017 and has been carried 230,000km by more than 3800 people through Africa, the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Preparations for Queensland’s largest ever sporting event are being finalised as the last of the 6600 athletes and team officials from 71 nations arrive at Gold Coast.
The opening ceremony for tomorrow and the first day for swimming are set to be hit by rain as there was slight rain here and there during the day. The Bureau of Meteorology predicted showers are to linger from Wednesday to Friday before clearing on the weekend.