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India to appeal against CGF decision to send back two athletes

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

The Indian contingent at the will appeal against the CGF court's decision to oust two of the country's athletes for violating the no needle policy here.

"We don't agree with some decisions, and we will discuss with our higher authorities. We will appeal against these decisions," General Team Manager, said addressing a press conference that was also attended by the Indian chef-de-mission

Indian race K T Irfan and triple jumper V were today ordered to return home from the 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.

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

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

While Irfan was already through with his 20km race walk event, finishing 13th, the 28-year-old Rakesh Babu was to participate in today's final after qualifying 12th for the competition but was unlikely to compete due to There is no doping offence involved.

"There is a lot of confusion, why our athletes were banned, how they confirmed this. Why was Irfan banned when the syringe was found in Babu's bag," Indian said.

"How is the CGF so confident that both athletes were using the same syringe. Babu admitted but what Irfan," he added.

The latest embarrassment comes after the Indian contingent escaped unscathed when a needle was found outside a boxer's room.

At that time the CGF had merely issued a reprimand to for not disposing the syringe as prescribed, clearing the country of any declaration norm violations.

Federation Federation Court heard the latest complaint yesterday after it was brought to its notice by the

"The de Mission of Association of India, General Team Manager, Namdev Shirgaonker; Athletics Team Manager, Ravinder Chaudhry; two athletes, Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi; and other individuals (Team Managers) associated with CGA were found by the to be in breach of the CGF No Needle Policy for the Games (the No Needle Policy). All five individuals were found to be in breach of the Policy," the CGF stated.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 10:20 IST