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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. Following the syringe gate, India had vehemently denied their involvement and said that the syringe was used to administer "vitamin substance" to an ill boxer.

The CGF has a blanket ban on syringes within the Village unless teams or athletes have a medical clearance for their use.

"I'm confident that our boxers (have) not taken anything", he told the Seven Network.

India's build-up to the Games was marred when syringes were found outside the rooms of some Indian players, speculated to be boxers.

The court ruled Dr Patil had breached those protocols by leaving the needles unattended and that the needles in question were not disposed of until after he had made two trips to the village's clinic.

While confirming the development, CGF CEO David Grevemberg did not divulge the name of the nation that has violated the "no needle policy", which prohibits the administration of injections without strong medical support.

For beach volleyball players Lau Ee Shan and Ong Wei Yu, who are competing in their first major Games with the sport making its debut at these Games, it has been an eye-opening experience so far on the Gold Coast.

"The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games really is the friendly games, so I hope you embrace this and find new friends and strengthen the bond with your teammates", Carrigan, a professional cyclist who has won Olympic and Commonwealth Games medals for Australia.

THERE will be more than 400 athletes competing for Team England in 18 sports. "We acted in good faith", the official added. Games organizing committee chairman Paul Beattie insisted that "nothing would be covered up" and the matter would be handled in a transparent manner.

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