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Needling Issue: IOA, NSF add to chaos, Rathore mum on 'admin's mess'

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

On a day when was left red-faced at the Commonwealth Games, the country's administrators today ensured that the embarrassment was amplified by their confused utterances even as chose to keep mum during his stadium-hopping visit to the city.

Race K T Irfan and triple jumper V were ordered to leave the Games on the first available flight after being found guilty of breaching the event's no needle policy by Federation court. Their statements pleading innocence were declared evasive and unreliable by the

The court also severely reprimanded chef-de-mission Vikram Singh Sisodia, and team manager for failing to ensure compliance of the 'no needle' policy.

The CGF's terse tone forced the Indian officials to hold a press conference of their own where Shirgaonkar said the decision would be appealed against, asserting that the athletes' version, especially of Irfan, on whom nothing was found, has not been heard.

What followed after that 'grand announcement' was utter confusion.

The (IOA) and the Federation of (AFI) threatened severe action against the indicted duo with the body forming a panel to investigate the matter.

"The athletes would be liable to sanction as decided by the Medical and Ethics Commissions of the IOA," said IOA in statement, contradicting the stand put up by the administrative staff at the Games village.

When contacted for his response on the IOA statement, Sisodia said he would comment later on the matter.

Amid the drama, arrived in the city and kept himself busy by hopping stadiums.

He first showed up at the venue at Oxenford, before taking the stands in the arena of the and finally paid a visit to the stadium, where the Indian men lost to in the semifinal.

During the entire duration, the did not speak on the 'needle' incident and what could possibly have been done to avoid it.

The athletes in question have been incommunicado and are expected to leave for tonight.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 17:40 IST