CWG 2018: What’s haunting the Indian Contingent in Gold Coast?

Bhubaneswar/Gold Coast: The Indian contingent enthusiastically hoisted the Tricolour at the Games Village in Gold Coast, Australia prior to the prestigious Commonwealth Games which is all set to begin from tomorrow. The Indian contingent is eagerly waiting to make a mark in the games while the sports enthusiasts of the country are looking forward to cheer their favorite Indian stars.

But, there are a few issues that are haunting the Indian players at the games village.

After syringes were found in the rooms occupied by the Indian contingent, the players were subjected to dope test by the organisers. Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) asked the Indian gymnasts and swimmers to give their urine samples for dope test after scrutinizing the boxers.

India’s build-up to the Games was marred when syringes were found outside the rooms of some Indian players, speculated to be boxers. According to sources, the Commonwealth Games Federation is investigating the matter.

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. However, Sindhu’s mother was allowed to enter the Village.

Saina along with fellow badminton player PV Sindhu decided to take their parents (Saina’s father and Sindhu’s mother) at their own cost after the Union Government declined to bear the expenses.

Upset and shocked with the issue, Saina tweeted, “Surprised to see that when we started for CWG 2018 my father was confirmed as the team official and I paid the whole amount for that but when we came to the games village his name was cut from the team official category.. and he can’t even stay with me. he can’t come to my matches and he can’t enter the village nor he can meet me in anyway…what kind of support is this..I wanted his support as I regularly take him for my competitions…but I didn’t understand why nobody informed me all this earlier…that he can’t enter anywhere”.

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