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04 Avril 2018

But officials said the Games still had a role to play, pointing to the groundbreaking move to have an equal number of men's and women's medal events, and the policy of including para-sports in the main programme.

A CGF statement said the matter has been defined as an infringement of the CGF's No-Needle Policy and not an anti-doping rule violation.

A sick member of the Indian boxing team used a needle which was later found at his team's accommodation at the athletes' village, only to be submitted to the authorities by one of their own members.

The dope tests that followed the discovery of syringes have been negative, giving the concerned association, presumably India, massive relief.

Mageean, the 2016 European Championships 1500m bronze medallist, was confirmed in the role on Monday evening (April 2) on the 13-strong squad's final night at their holding camp, before they move into the Athletes Village on Tuesday.

"Team Malta are settling in nicely and are now enjoying the state of the art facilities that have been set up for these Games", explained Paul Sultana, Chef de Mission of the Maltese contingent.

Grevemberg said reports Indian athletes had been placed on a curfew was news to him and as far as he was aware the curfew hadn't been imposed by the CGF.

THERE will be more than 400 athletes competing for Team England in 18 sports.

MUSIC, dance and an array of visual effects are expected at the opening ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast.

Less than 24 hours before the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, a bombshell accusation has rocked the tiny nation of Mauritius.

In another incident, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal's father Harvir Singh Nehwal, who has travelled along with her as an official of the badminton contingent, was not granted permission to enter the Games Village.

"It really depends on the nature of the breach - if this was accidental, if it was administrative", Mr Grevemberg said.

The CGF promised a zero-tolerance approach to doping and said any athletes caught cheating would be thrown out of the Games.

Countdown to Commonwealth games