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Commonwealth-New Zealand cyclists face disciplinary action

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MELBOURNE, Mar 23 (Reuters) Two New Zealand cyclists face disciplinary action over their behaviour during a night of drunken celebrations which resulted in a report being made to police, team officials said today.

New Zealand chef-de-mission Dave Currie rejected an Australian newspaper report that a female cyclist had been assaulted during the incident but said a report had been prepared for New Zealand cycling authorities.

''We have provided a report ... and they will be taking any disciplinary action they think is appropriate,'' Currie told reporters.

Currie said the two cyclists had already left the village.

The Herald Sun newspaper reported that the incident happened in the Games athletes village after the two unidentified male cyclists had finished competing on Sunday.

Police said they had been made aware of the incident but no charges had been laid.

''There was no formal complaint made to the police but there was an incident that we believe is being handled by team management,'' a police spokesman said.

Currie presented a statement he said had been voluntarily made by the female cyclist involved, which was read by New Zealand team psychologist Gary Hermansson.

''In her view the incident was a non-event which should never have become an issue outside of the team, the athlete does not wish the matter to be perpetuated by the media as it is closed,'' the statement said.

''She says that the other athletes did not mean any harm or disrespect to her,'' it said.

REUTERS PM KP0921

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