Two athletes from Kerala were barred from the Commonwealth Games after finding syringes from their bags. But the Commonwealth Games Federation clarified that there was no doping offence involved but the stringent action was based on the Games’ zero-tolerant ‘no needle policy’ to prevent doping.
Indian triple jumper Rakesh Babu and race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi are the two athletes from Kerala met with unhappy fate due the stringent ‘no needle policy’ of the current CWG at Gold Coast in Australia.
The officials of the Commonwealth Federation have already ordered both the athletes to return home immediately on Friday. The athletes and three team officials had appeared before a CGF hearing on Thursday but failed to convince the officials, president Louise Martin said. The CGF court upheld the testimonies given by a cleaner manager at the Games and Australia Anti-Doping Authority Principal Investigator that the needles found in the rooms of the two athletes were credible.
"The accreditation of Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi was suspended with effect from 9 am on April 13, 2018", says in the reprimand issued by the Commonwealth Games Federation.
While Irfan was already got in the 20km race walk event by finishing 13th, the Rakesh Babu was to participate in the triple jump final on Friday in which he has already qualified 12th position. (With input from UNI)