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Weightlifting Monday, 22 July, 2002, 10:37 GMT 11:37 UK
Scots out after drug claims
The SCGC will investigate steroid allegations
Two members of Scotland's weightlifting team management have withdrawn ahead of the Commonwealth Games following media allegations of drug abuse.

The move came after team manager Jim Ferguson and team coach John McNiven had talks with the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland (CGCS).

The Sunday Mail made the allegations concerning weightlifters taking performance-enhancing drugs with the assistance of team management.

"CGCS take matters of this nature very seriously," the Scottish administrators said in a statement.

"(We) have formally requested that Sunday Mail make the tapes available to them in order that they can make a full and thorough investigation into the allegations.

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"We recognise however that this may take some time. In view of the fact that the Games Start on 26 July the needs of the weightlifting team must take priority.

"The CGCS would like to acknowledge the way both Jim and John have conducted themselves at what has been a difficult time for all involved and are grateful that they have put the needs of the Scottish team first.

"CGCS now consider that this matter is closed and no further statements will be issued to allow the athletes to prepare for the Games."

The CGCS decided there was "no case to answer" where McGiven was concerned,but because of the publicity surrounding the article he has decided to withdrawalong with Ferguson.

The Games open in Manchester on Thursday, but the issue of drug-taking threatens to sour the build-up.

The issue was thrust into the spotlight in the UK after leading English pole vaulter Janine Whitlock failed a test for banned steroids.

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