The New Zealand Olympic Committee’s apprehension about Kiwi players safety during the Commonwealth Games, notwithstanding, defending 1500 metre champion Nick Willis said he is comfortable with the security arrangements put in place for the October 3-14 megaevent.
NZOC will take a final call on Kiwi athletes participation in the Delhi Games after a security assessment by New Zealand chef-de-miss on Dave Currie, who left for Delhi on a 10-day trip. But Willis, also a silver medallist in the 1500m in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said he has no plans to withdraw from the Games and will land in Delhi only a day before the quadrennial event.
“I would be very surprised if the NZOC made the decision to pull out because you often see these headlines come up but nothing eventuates from them,” Will told Radio Sport. Willis will prepare for the Commonwealth Games in Hong Kong from where he would head straight to Delhi to take part in the Games.
A report on Monday NZOC president Mike Stanley as saying that the Kiwis’ would not hestitate to withdraw if they find the security arrangements in Delhi inadequate during its final assessment.
CAS clears Ryan Napoleon
BERNE: Australian swimmer Ryan Napoleon has been freed to take part in the Commonwealth Games after sport’s top tribunal ruled that a three-month suspension for use of a banned substance should be back-dated.
Swimming’s governing body FINA banned Napoleon for three months, starting Aug. 20, after he tested positive for formoterol, blamed by Swimming Australia on a wrongly-labelled asthma inhaler.
But the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said in a statement on Tuesday that it had partially upheld an appeal from Napoleon and had moved the start of the ban back to June, making him eligible for the Commonwealth games.
He was left out of the team named to compete in Delhi after receiving the original ban. “Ryan Napoleon is sanctioned with a three-month period of ineligibility commencing on 15 June, 2010," said the Lausanne-based tribunal.
“All competitive results obtained by Ryan Napoleon from 16 November 2009 up to and including 28 January 2010 shall be disqualified, with all of the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes."
Napoleon, who tested positive for formoterol on Nov. 16, had qualified for the 400 and 1500 metres freestyle events.