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Commonwealth Games 2018: India boxing coach denies doping

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The coach of India’s men’s boxing team at the Commonwealth Games has denied doping has taken place after syringes were found in the athletes’ village.

Santiago Nieva said one fighter had been given a vitamin injection because he was unwell.

Officials from an unnamed team were summoned by the Games organisers over a breach of the “no-needle” policy.

It comes two days ahead of the opening ceremony of the 2018 Games on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Reports say a cleaner at the athletes’ village tipped off organisers about the presence of the syringes.

“I’m confident that our boxers haven’t taken anything,” Mr Nieva told Australia’s 7 News.

“We had one boxer that wasn’t very feeling well and the doctor has given him an injection.”

Asked if the boxer was given a performance-enhancing drug, Mr Nieva said: “No, that was a vitamin substance.”

Commonwealth Games officials are analysing the syringes.

Earlier the federation’s chief executive, David Grevemberg, said officials from a country he declined to identify had been summoned to a meeting with the organisation’s medical commission.

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