CWG 2018: Two Indian athletes suspended from Games

Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi have been told to depart Australia on the first flight available.

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In a turn of events that has put a dampener on the Indian team’s stellar performance at the Commonwealth Games 2018 until now, two athletes Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi along with the Chef de Mission of the Commonwealth Games Association of India (CGA India), Vikram Singh Sisodia; General Team Manager, Namdev Shirgaonker; Athletics Team Manager, Ravinder Chaudhry 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 hearing took place on 12 April during which the Federation Court of the Commonwealth Games Federation said that these individuals failed to ensure compliance with the No Needle Policy.

According to the testimony of a cleaning operations manager, a needle was discovered in a cup on the bedside table in bedroom 2 of Apartment 7 in the Games Village assigned to CGA India and occupied by Rakesh Babu – Athlete, Triple Jump, and Irfan Kolothum Thodi – Athlete, Race Walk. The Australia Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) Principal Investigator also discovered a syringe Rakesh’s bag that he admitted to being his property.

Consequently, both Rakesh and Irfan have been suspended from the Commonwealth Games with immediate effect and have been told to depart Australia on the first flight available.