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- The case finally closes with the Indian Boxing team doctor Amol Patil being let off with just a reprimand after no conclusive evidence of doping by Indian athletes was found. While this is certainly a huge relief for the Indians that no stricter action has been taken it is hoped that the Indian Olympic Association takes note of this carelessness and does not let it go as lightly as the Commonwealth Games Court and Federation did.
---It seems like controversy follows the Indian contingent even in Gold Coast. As it speculations over a large amount of officials and delay in visas were not enough, the Indian squad currently in Gold Coast has come under fire from the Australian Sports Anti Doping Authority after reports emerged of used syringes being found near the rooms of some of the participants. The incident has been reported by Times of India who says that the media house's sources have been informed of the incident, but it is still not clear as to who exactly found these needles or syringes; whether it was during a surprise check by the officials or noted by the housekeeping staff. The report also goes on to continue that the Indian Olympic Association was, reportedly, "not surprised" at the development as similar incidents had taken place during the Rio Olympics and at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 'At the 2014 Games, India even got an official warning from the Commonwealth Games Federation for inappropriate disposal of needles by the athletes. Two years later at the Rio Olympics, syringes were again found from the players' rooms,' the IOA sources were quoted as saying by TOI. Also read: Wrestling Federation to introduce fines on players to curb doping Up until now, the biggest doping scandal that has plagued the Indian contingent in the months leading up to the Games has been the case of Davinder Singh Kang who was, earlier, dropped from the squad after he tested positive for banned substances. This has been the javelin thrower's second such tryst after he was earlier tested positive for marijuana but in that case, it was not considered a punishable offense and he was let off with a reprimand. However, the IOA officials were very clear about the athletes being sufficiently informed about do's and dont's when it comes to doping regulations. 'During the pre-departure briefing for Gold Coast, we had told all the athletes very clearly about the dos and don'ts relating to anti-doping rule violations. If there is a need for a genuine use of a syringe, they have to take permission, otherwise they will be in trouble,' the sources added. If one remembers correctly, the Glasgow games had seen the Commonwealth Games Federation put a 'needle free' policy in place with special exceptions for those who need to use needles for treatment. Gold Coast is reportedly set to see a stricter implementation of this. Further developments are awaited.