Indian athletes breach 'no needle policy', sent home

By PTI Published on Apr 13, 2018 03:01 PM IST

Gold Coast: Indian race walker K T Irfan and triple jumper V Rakesh Babu were today sent home in disgrace from the Commonwealth Games and a strong reprimand issued to the Indian officials here after the duo was found guilty of breaching the event's strict no needle policy.

"Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi are with immediate effect not permitted to participate in the Games. The accreditation of Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi was suspended with effect. Both athletes were removed from the Games Village," the Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin said in a strongly-worded statement.

"We have asked the Commonwealth Games Association of India to ensure both athletes depart Australia on the first flight available," it added.

While Irfan was already through with his 20km race walk event, finishing 13th, the 28-year-old Babu was to participate in today's triple jump final after qualifying 12th for the competition.

The CGF, though, said there was no doping offence involved. heir testimonies, swearing innocence were declared evasive and unreliable by the Commonwealth games Federation (CGF) court.

"They will definitely be punished by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) as well. It is an embarrassment for us. There will be an inquiry after the Games is over and it will be time-bound. The panel will be appointed after the Games," AFI Secretary C K Valson said after the CGF court stripped them of their accreditation and asked them to leave for India.