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K T Irfan, Rakesh Babu sent home from CWG for breach of No Needle Policy

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

Indian race K T and triple V were today sent home in disgrace from and a strong issued to the Indian officials here after the duo was found guilty of breaching the event's strict no needle policy.

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

"We have asked 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 Babu was to participate in today's final after qualifying 12th for the competition.

The CGF, though, said there was no doping offence involved.

Despite repeated attempts, India's chef-de-mission did not respond to the latest embarrassment 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 for not disposing the syringe as prescribed, clearing of any norms violations.

The Court heard the latest complaint yesterday after its notice by the

"The de Mission of the Commonwealth Games Association of India, General Team Manager, Namdev Shirgaonker; Athletics Team Manager, Ravinder Chaudhry; two athletes, 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.

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.

"...persons acting on behalf of the Commonwealth Games Association of India (CGA India) are in breach of the CGF No Needle Policy for the Games (the No Needle Policy) in that they failed to ensure compliance with the No Needle Policy," the CGF said.

The CGF court found that the testimonies given by a cleaner at the Games and Anti-Doping Authority were credible.

"The testimony of athletes and who denied all knowledge of the needle in the cup in Bedroom 2 and the further testimony of that he had no knowledge of the syringe found in his bag in Bedroom 2 are both unreliable and evasive," the CGF said.

Babu and Irfan are in breach of the No Needle Policy in that they failed to ensure compliance with the No Needle Policy and, in particular, failed to ensure compliance with paragraphs I, II, III and IV of the No Needle Policy.

All the four paragraphs refer to the norms related to the declaration of needle usage.

"The CGF shall issue a strong to Vikram Singh Sisodia, and that they and other persons failed to ensure compliance with the No Needle Policy.

"The CGF shall advise Vikram Singh Sisodia, and that any further infractions by any member of the Indian Team of the No Needle Policy could result in the withdrawal of accreditation of the offending person."

"When the says no tolerance, the means no tolerance.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 07:20 IST
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