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No Aus athlete in CWG squad tested positive: Crosswhite

October 24, 2010 17:20 IST

Australian Commonwealth Games Association Chief Executive Perry Crosswhite has ruled out any participant in the recently-concluded Delhi CWG being among the nine athletes, who flunked dope tests.

Nine Australian athletes have tested positive for banned stimulant methylhexaneamine and there was speculation that some of them could be from the Commonwealth Games squad.

The authorities have not revealed the identity of the athletes. "We have had no positives as far as our team in Delhi is concerned," Crosswhite was quoted as saying by Herald Sun.

Three athletes had tested positive for methylhexaneamine in the October 3-14 Commonwealth Games. Nigeria's 110m hurdler Samuel Okon and compatriot Damola Osayemi tested positive for the banned stimulant and the latter was stripped of gold in the women's 100m.

India's 20km race walker Rani Yadav had also tested positive for the same methylhexaneamine.

Meanwhile, the newspaper claimed that four rugby league players were among the nine athletes, who have tested positive for the banned stimulant.

"All of them face two-year ban from their respective sports over the chemical, which is increasingly found in some party drugs, body building and dietary supplements," the newspaper said.

Quoting a National Rugby League spokesman, the newspaper said four players -- two from reserve grade (the NSW Cup), one from the Sydney metropolitan competition (Bundaberg Red Cup) and another from the national under-20 premiership – had tested positive for methylhexaneamine.

Australian Anti-doping Authority has not revealed what other sports are involved in the scandal though AFL, football, cricket, swimming and athletics said either their athletes were categorically not involved or that they hadn't received any notification from ASADA.

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