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         Posted on :10:27:08 Apr 13, 2018
   
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GOLD COAST: Indian race walker K T Irfan and triple jumper V Rakesh Babu were today sent home in disgrace from the Commonwealth Games and a strong reprimand issued to the Indian officials here after the duo was found guilty of breaching the event's strict no needle policy.

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

"We have asked the Commonwealth Games Association of India to ensure both athletes depart Australia on the first flight available," it added.

While Irfan was already through with his 20 km race walk event, finishing 13th, the 28-year-old Babu was to participate in today's triple jump 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 Vikram Singh Sisodia did not respond to the latest embarrassment after the Indian contingent escaped unscathed when a needle was found outside a boxer's room.

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