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Needled: AFI constitutes inquiry committee to prove ouster

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today constituted a three-member inquiry committee to probe the events around ousting of two athletes from the Village in for breaching the 'no needle policy.

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

AFI told that the inquiry panel will be headed by former Authority of (SAI) B K Sinha with one doctor and an or a former

"I have constituted an inquiry committee to probe and ascertain what had happened in which has led to this situation. B K Sinha has accepted to be the of the panel though an communication is yet to be sent from the AFI.

"He will be assisted by a doctor and an or a former who knows what is currently happening in Indian athletics. We will decide on these two members," Sumariwalla, who had not gone to said from

"We have zero tolerance on this kind of things. This is not doping violation but I see this as something align to that. As far I understand all the Indian athletes clear of doping. Whoever is guilty will have to face the music, we will be strict and hand strong punishment," he added.

The names of AFI's and Bahadur Singh, who has not gone to Gold Coast, are being considered for the panel.

Sinha is an who is currently the of regional training centre at Bhodsi,

The CGF said that a needle was recovered from the bedside of a room occupied by and Babu while a syringe was recovered from the bag of the triple jumper.

Asked if he was happy at the decision of the CGF court, Sumariwalla said, "I don't want to comment on the decision of the and the team management and the IOA in Gold Coast will take appropriate action.

"But I want to say that only one needle was recovered. Then if Babu admitted the bag where syringe was found was his, why the other (Irfan) should be punished. Moreover, his (Irfan's) event was over on April 8."

He said the two athletes, the team manager, and other officials will have to appear before the inquiry committee when they return from Gold Coast.

"I can't jump the gun and say this or that must have happened. The inquiry committee will decide how to go about it and will decide the time frame. It is an unfortunate thing that had happened there in

"We have given strict instructions to all the athletes about do's and don't and about this needle policy especially after what had happened with the team.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 12:55 IST