Friday, 20 April, 2018

Commonwealth Games 2018: Indian athletes sent home over needle find

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Delores Daniels | 14 April, 2018, 20:17

In a statement issued by the CGF preisdent, Louise Martin said that three Indian officials, including the team's chef-de -mission Vikram Sisodia would be issued a letter of strong reprimand stating any further infraction of the no-needle policy will attract the same penalty.

It means Jombla and Mansaray failed to appear for either of their matches on the Gold Coast after skipping Tuesday's clash with Welsh pair Peter Creed and Joel Makin.

This comes days after eight Cameroonian athletes went missing at the games, raising concern from the organizers.

He said they were "taking the mickey". "Come in the village, come see them". Then on April 9 two others were declared missing and last night three others left their rooms'.

Ms Martin said the CGF court found the athletes' denials of any knowledge of the syringes were both "unreliable and evasive".

Indian triple jumper Rakesh Babu and race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi have been asked by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to take the first flight home after a needle was found in their apartment and another one was found in Babu's bag, BBC Sport reported.

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The other missing athletes are boxers Christian Ndzie Tchoyi, Simplice Fotsala, Christelle Ndiang and Arsene Fokou and weightlifters Oliver Heracles Matam Matam, Petit David Minkoumba and Arcangeline Sonkbou Fouodji.

While coach Mark Hopkins may point to a "super-exciting young side with unlimited talent", the real trick will be convincing SASCOC to permit them to travel to the next big worldwide competition - the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

In 2012, five male boxers, a female footballer and a male swimmer absconded from the London Olympic village.

Peter Beattie, chairman of the local organizing committee, said it was not a surprise.

After two Indian athletes were expelled and five indigenous protesters arrested, peerless South African Caster Semenya returned the spotlight to competition with a glorious gold at the Commonwealth Games.

"It is obviously disappointing that some of the athletes who have come didn't compete when scheduled to compete", he said at a press conference Wednesday.

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