Doping scandal fears at Commonwealth Games as 12 Indian boxers are taken in for ...

India has been forced to send 12 of its Commonwealth Games boxers away for drug testing after a used syringe was found near the team's accommodation at the Gold Coast athletes' village.

Urgent lab tests are being conducted as part of a spanning official investigation to determine whether the Indian team has been openly doping in the village.

  Initial reports suggested the needle was linked to India's cycling team.

However The Indian Express reported that 12 boxers, including eight men and four women, had been taken away for drug testing.

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The Commonwealth Games Federation has launched an investigation after needles were discovered at the Gold Coast athletes' village (pictured)  

The Commonwealth Games Federation has launched an investigation after needles were discovered at the Gold Coast athletes' village (pictured)  

The report said the boxers initially denied the allegations but the team doctor confessed to the use of the syringe - insisting there was no wrongdoing.

CGF chief executive David Grevemberg said on Saturday that needles had been found by a cleaner and the matter was under investigation.

India's team manager Ajay Narang later said a bottle containing syringes had been found on an outside pathway and he had personally delivered it to authorities. 

CGF chief executive David Grevemberg (pictured) said on Saturday that needles had been found by a cleaner

CGF chief executive David Grevemberg (pictured) said on Saturday that needles had been found by a cleaner

Under the 2018 Commonwealth Games doping standard, a 'no-needle' policy applies to athletes for the entire Games period.

However, exemptions for medical practitioners and those needing 'auto-injection'

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