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Comply with ‘No Needle Policy’ at Asiad: IOA tells contingent, NSFs

The missive comes in the wake of the embarrassment that the country's contingent faced during the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.

New Delhi: The Asian Games-bound Indian athletes should adhere to the ‘No Needle Policy’ during the mega-event in Indonesia, the IOA instructed on Wednesday.

In a letter to all the National Sports Federations (NSFs), officials have been told to ensure that medicines prescribed for specific purposes or illnesses do not contain prohibited substances and all the syringes to be used are declared to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

The missive and instructions

The missive comes in the wake of the embarrassment that the country’s contingent faced during the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.

“Medicines should be carried/kept in sealed transparent cover. A copy of the prescription by licensed doctor including details of the medical condition, quantity of medicine, etc should always be maintained,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said in the letter.

“If any official is required to take insulin or any other intravenous medicines as prescribed during stay at Games Village, they are required to store the medicine and needles in the IOA Office/Polyclinic in the Village,” he added.

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Mumbai: Eager to fetch an Asian Games gold on his comeback to competitive wrestling after a long hiatus, star freestyle grappler Sushil Kumar will head to Georgia for a ten-day tune-up ahead of the continental showpiece.

IOA seeks medical report of athletes

New Delhi: IOA has sought medical fitness report of all the athletes and team officials who are scheduled to take part in the Asian Games, including details about their smoking and drinking habits.

(With inputs from PTI)

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