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Now IOA says it supports Sisodia appealing against CGF reprimand

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Days after saying that triple jumper Babu and KT Irfan will be liable to sanctions for breaching CWG's 'no needle policy' , the (IOA) today said it supports officials who had appealed against the decision to oust the two athletes from the Games Village in Gold Coast.

Babu and Irfan were ordered out of the Games Village after needles were recovered from their bedroom, prompting CGF to issue a strong-worded reprimand to the Indian officials including de mission Vikram Sisodia, and team manager

had said,"the athletes would be liable to sanction as decided by the Medical and Ethics Commissions of the soon after Shirgaonka announced that they will appeal against the ruling."

However, the today issued a statement saying that it stands by its officials.

It is unfortunate that the reprimanded the Indian Officials who had made every attempt to ensure athletes fell in line with the CGF No Needle Policy. While IOA will further investigate into those athletes who were found with needles in the Games Village, we stand by our officials' request to the CGF to review its decision, Mehta said in a statement.

The IOA release mentions what Sisodia had said in his appeal.

"In his appeal to the CGF made on April 15, Sisodia had said All Team Leaders/ Managers/ Chief Coaches were instructed for compliance of the No Needle Policy. During the hearing, minutes of the meeting were also handed over to the panel which proves that all efforts were made by us to make athletes aware about the No Needle Policy.

"During the hearing both the athletes also informed the that they were told several times by their officials about the policy during their team meetings.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 15:35 IST