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Back in the team and all set to win

other Updated: Sep 16, 2010 12:30 IST

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Ryan Napoleon has been re-instated in the Australian swimming team for the Commonwealth Games after sport's top tribunal back-dated his three-month ban for a doping offence.

Governing body FINA banned Napoleon for three months starting on Aug. 20 after he tested positive for banned substance formoterol, which Swimming Australia blamed on a wrongly-labelled asthma inhaler.

On Tuesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced an appeal by Napoleon had been partially upheld, bringing the ban's start date back to June and allowing him to compete at the Oct. 3-14 Games in Delhi.

Napoleon would be free to compete in both the 400 and 1,500 metres freestyle events he had qualified for, a spokesman from Swimming Australia told Reuters by telephone on Wednesday.

"Yes, he's back in the team and right to go for Delhi," the spokesman said.
Napoleon was given an incorrectly labelled inhaler containing the substance by a pharmacist, according to Swimming

Aussies having second thoughts

Australian track and field athletes are having a second thought about participating in next month's Commonwealth Games after receiving an e-mail from the national federation, warning them of "a high risk of terrorist attack" on the mega-event in Delhi.

"There is a high risk of terrorist attack in New Delhi.

Since 2000, there have been at least 14 major terrorist attacks in New Delhi on locations such as markets, train stations and other public places," Athletics Australia stated in the mail. "These attacks have caused hundreds of deaths and injuries. Australians in New Delhi should be aware that the Games will be held in a security environment.