Australian cycling great Anna Meares said the Games remained well regarded by athletes and provided a crucial opportunity to gain experience.
Gold Coast: The needle controversy that has marred India's build-up to the Commonwealth Games has reached the doorsteps of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) court which is hearing the matter, specifically cleared of any doping violation.
Federation chief executive David Grevemberg would not reveal the nation involved but said their officials had been summoned to a meeting with the medical commission this afternoon.
Under the CGF policy, needles are required to be stored in a central secured location, access to which is only for authorised medical personnel of a Commonwealth Games Association delegation.
One hiccup in the lead-up to the Games' opening was the discovery of used needles and syringes in the Gold Coast Athletes' Village over the weekend.
"We had one boxer who didn't feel very well and the doctor has given him an injection".
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The news comes as a huge relief but the troubles are not yet over as they remained under the scanner for breaching the Games" strict "no needle' policy.
The Indian contingent has been been warned against repeating any such infractions in future and the doctor has received a "strong written reprimand" for the breach.
While medical practitioners are allowed to bring syringes into the village their use is highly regulated and must have prior approval.
A few Indian athletes were subjected to dope tests but the official said it was not something unusual and was not related to the syringes incident. "So there has to be a outcome, the same way there is a effect for athletes and officials, and so the effect is, we have suspended their accreditation", he added.
National gymnastics, Izzah Amzan is not allowing herself to be intimidated by the daunting task of having to produce gold or at least a medal for Malaysia in her debut at the 2018 Commonwealth Games here in Australia.
Games chairman Peter Beattie said the Olympics should take note of the Commonwealth's move to gender equality for medal events, which he described as a first for a major Games.