Athletes KT Irfan, Rakesh Babu bring shame to India, asked to leave Australia for rule breach

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In a major embarassment for the Indian contingent in the ongoing Commonwealth Games, two athletes KT Irfan and Rakesh Babu have been sent back home from Gold Coast, Australia for breach of no-needle policy.

 KT Irfan
Photo: Indian Express

Race walker KT Irfan and triple jumper Rakesh Babu had their accreditation cancelled and were removed from the Games Village at 9AM on Friday, reported Indian Express. Both athletes will leave Australia and board the first flight for India. Rakesh Babu was scheduled to take part in Triple Jump. Irfan has completed his event in 20km race walk, finishing 13th.

The authorities had also collected the blood and urine samples of the athletes concerned, but no anti-doping rule violation was detected. This is the second time Indian athletes have been found guilty of breaching the Games’ no-needle police. Indian boxers were issued warning for sneaking a syringe into the Games Village on the night of the Opening Ceremony. India’s chef de mission Vikram Sisodia had reportedly said 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.’

At that time the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) had merely issued a reprimand for not disposing the syringe as prescribed, clearing India of any norms violations.

The CGF court heard the latest complaint on Friday after its notice by the CGF Medical Commission.

“The Chef de Mission of the Commonwealth Games Association of India, General Team Manager, Namdev Shirgaonker; Athletics Team Manager, Ravinder Chaudhry; two athletes, Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi; and other individuals (Team Managers) associated with CGA India were found by the CGF Federation Court to be in breach of the CGF No Needle Policy for the Games (the No Needle Policy). All five individuals were found to be in breach of the Policy,” the CGF was quoted by PTI.

The two athletes now face strong sanctions after their return to India.

Meanwhile, the Indian contingent had a great start to Friday with Tejaswini Sawant clinching a gold in women’s 50m rifle 3 positions final with Anjum Moudgill coming second to clinch the silver. With 16 Gold and 34 overall medal, India’s currently placed third in the medal tally after Australia and England.

Australia have won 63 Gold and 163 medals in total, while England have 29 Gold medals and 91 medals overall in their kitty.

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