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Athletics duo faces AFI sanctions for needle violation at CWG

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

The two Indian athletes, who were today ordered out of the for breaching the 'no needle policy', will also face sanctions from their national body following a time-bound inquiry.

Race K T Irfan and triple jumper V were ordered to return home from the ongoing event after they failed to explain the presence of needles in their bedroom at the Games Village.

Their testimonies, swearing innocence were declared "evasive and unreliable" by the Federation (CGF) court.

"They will definitely be punished by the Athletics Federation of (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 C K Valson said after the stripped them of their accreditation and asked them to leave for

While Irfan was already through with his 20km race walk event, finishing 13th, the 28-year-old was to participate in today's final after qualifying 12th for the competition but he had injured himself during the qualifiers yesterday and was unlikely to compete.

"and are with immediate effect not permitted to participate in the Games. The accreditation of Rakesh Babu and was suspended with effect from 09:00 hours on April 13, 2018. Both athletes were removed from the Games Village," the Federation said.

Valson said the athletes have pleaded innocence and claimed that it was a case of not giving their bags a thorough check before they packed for the Games in Patiala.

"The athletes version is that the needle remained in their luggage by chance after they changed bags to pack for the Games. Once they found the needles in their bags, they kept them in a cup in their room as it was not permitted to throw them away," he added.

"We will try to find out if there is any truth in these claims during the inquiry."

A breach of no needle policy aside, the Indians were cleared of any doping violations after tests.

"There is nothing there. Their tests were clear. Both of them were anyway not competing but obviously it is a violation given that all Indian athletes had been educated about the dos and donts. They have left the village and would be leaving for soon," Valson said.

Athletes are barred from using syringes unless there is prior declaration made to the medical commission or a declaration is made within 24 hours of usage. The duo was found guilty of not conforming to the declaration norms set by the CGF.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 08:30 IST