CWG 2018: Two Indian athletes banned for breaching ‘no-needle’ policy
Two Indian athletes Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi have been banned from the ongoing Commonwealth Games after they were found guilty of breaching the ‘no-needle’ policy in Gold Coast on Friday.
The concerned athletes have been sent home after a needle was found in a cup in their bedroom at the Games Village. The accreditation of the two athletes has been suspended with immediate effect.Read more ↓
Triple jumper, Babu, had qualified for the Men’s Triple Jump Final as the 12th and final qualifier from the Qualifying Round on Thursday.
On the other hand, race walker Thodi had finished 13th in the Men’s 20km Race Walk Final on April 8.
Babu, Thodi and three Indian team officials had appeared before a CGF hearing on Thursday, CGF President Louise Martin told reporters.
“The testimony of the athletes … are both unreliable and evasive,” Martin told reporters. “Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi are in breach of the ‘no-needle’ policy.
“Babu and Thodi are with immediate effect not permitted to participate in the Games. Their accreditation was suspended and both athletes have been removed from the village.
“We have asked the Commonwealth Games association of India to depart Australia on the first flights available.”
The three team officials — chef de mission Vikram Singh Sisodia, team manager Namdev Shirgaonker and athletics team manager Ravinder Chaudhry — were all reprimanded, Martin added.
“The CGF shall advise Vikram Singh Sisodia, Namdev Shirgaonker and Ravinder Chaudhry 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,” she said.
The Indian team were not immediately available for comment and the CGF refused to take any further questions.
Athletes must have a specific medical exemption to have needles at the Games as part of the fight against doping.
It is the second time the Indian team have been in breach of the policy on the Gold Coast after boxing team doctor Amol Patil was issued a strong written reprimand last week after needles were discovered in a plastic bottle.
Patil had administered a Vitamin B complex injection to a sick boxer and left needles in the room, breaking CGF rules regarding their proper storage.
The matter was not defined as an anti-doping rule violation, but the entire India delegation was warned by the CGF there would be repercussions if they breached the rules again.
Source by indiatoday..