An unnamed Commonwealth Games Association has been summoned to appear before the Commonwealth Games Federation’s Federation Court on Tuesday over a breach of its no-needles policy.
Syringes were found in the Gold Coast 2018 athletes’ village prompting an investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).
Testing to discover what substance was in the syringes took place on Monday and it was determined no anti-doping breach had taken place, the CGF announced on Monday evening.
A CGF spokesperson said: “The CGF Medical Commission has concluded its investigation into an alleged violation of the CGF’s no needle policy.
“Their findings have been escalated to the CGF’s Federation Court which will conduct a hearing in to the matter.
“The hearing will take place tomorrow morning, April 3, 2018, at 10:00 local time and the Court’s decision will be communicated after the hearing.
“This matter is not defined as an anti-doping rule violation, but rather as an infringement of the CGF’s no needle policy, which has been introduced by major events organisers to ensure best medical practices.”
CGF chief executive David Grevemberg earlier on Monday told the Games’ daily briefing: “We have received overnight a report from ASADA’s investigation team and the CGF medical commission has decided there has been a clear breach of the no needles policy.
“As a result an Association has been summoned before the CGF’s medical commission later today.”
Grevemberg, who would not confirm which CGA is involved, said the proximity of the syringes found had led to the CGA being summoned.
The CGF’s court will determine what penalties to impose after the testing on the substance in the syringes is completed.
Grevemberg said if an athlete has a medical condition requiring treatment there is a process whereby they can apply for permission to use syringes but the CGA involved has not followed that process.
The region’s top young athletes competed in an eventful night of track and field events, as Ultimate Athletics made its way to the New York University (NYU), Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. The evening showcased the best of upcoming athletes in the UAE, with both junior and senior competition.
Celina Farrell, a 12-year-old from American International School Abu Dhabi, trains in the evening at the NYU Abu Dhabi and enjoyed great success on the track. “I enjoy running, but my favourite event is actually the high jump, I feel like flying and it doesn’t take as much energy to jump than it does to run”, she told Sport 360. Despite favouring the field event, Farrell, whose Olympic hero is Usain Bolt, won each of her three races – the 80 metres, 150 metres and 300 metres.
Teacher-turned-coach Lisa Campbell, who began Ultimate Athletics in 2015, organised the evening and said demand has never been greater for track and field in the UAE. “I stopped teaching to focus full-time on coaching athletics and now we’ve grown to over 600 members in three years”, she commented. In fact, demand has grown so much Campbell now employs three full-time coaches and fifteen part-time coaches to help her out, “it’s a joint effort, there’s no ‘I’ in team”, she added.
PE teacher Kimbely Baptiste, 25, dominated the senior 100 and 200 metre events while barely breaking a sweat. She took gold in the mixed 100 metres with a time of 11.91 seconds and clocked a cool 24.99 seconds in the 200m. Speaking before the 200 metre race she said, “The aim is just to keep getting faster and see where it takes me. I used to train in the UK before moving to the UAE and now I’m out here training myself which is going really well. I’m going back to the UK after the academic year because here I’m running against under 17 men who give me good competition”. Also in competition was Noaman Elassaoui, running out of Al Wasl Club, who won the 800 metres with an impressive time of 1:51:31 and Krtajna Prem, the Under 17 triple jump winner.
Ultimate Athletics educates young athletics with theory workshops with sports science-qualified coaches, nutritionists and physiotherapists.
Northern Irish athlete Leon Reid is an Ultimate Athletics ambassador, recently got first-hand experience of just how intense the competition is during an event – and was left impressed. “It’s crazy competitive here, there’s cameras on the finish line and the kids are dipping for the finishes. The parents are really encouraging of the kids and if they want to build champions then they’re certainly going the right way about it.”
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