Triple jumper Rakesh Babu and race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi have been kicked out of the ongoing Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast for violating the Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) no-needle policy. As a result, both the athletes will vacate the Games village with immediate effect and will board the first flight to India from Australia. As the athletes were found breaching the no-needle policy, the Commonwealth Games Federation has decided to suspend the Indian athletes from their scheduled events at Gold Coast. As per reports, a syringe was recovered from the athlete’s room in the Games’ village which led to their immediate removal from Gold Coast.
According to the CGF, needles have been found in the living quarters of the two athletes in the games village. As a result, the India duo has been sent packing for suspected doping. Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi are with immediate effect not permitted to participate in the Games the CGF confirmed while releasing an official statement about the Indian athletes. The accreditation of Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi was terminated with immediate effect at 09:00 hrs today, Indian Express reported. Both Irfan and Rakesh will leave Australia and board the first flight for India. Rakesh Babu was scheduled to take part in Triple Jump final but after CWG federation witnessed the no needle policy infringement, the Indian athlete was suspended from competing with immediate effect and was asked to leave Gold Coast.
“Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi are in breach of the No Needle Policy in that they failed to ensure compliance with the No Needle Policy and, in particular, failed to ensure compliance with paragraphs I, II, III and IV of the No Needle Policy,” CGF said in a statement. “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. We have asked the Commonwealth Games Association of India to ensure both athletes depart Australia on the first flight available,” the statement added.