Two athletes ordered to leave Commonwealth Games on first flight home

15 April 2018, 12:43 | Isaac Mcdaniel

GETTY IMAGES Shooter Robert Pitcairn competes in the Queen's prize pairs on Tuesday

Shooter Robert Pitcairn competes in the Queen's prize pairs on Tuesday

Race walker Thodi, triple jumper Babu, and three Indian group authorities had showed up before a Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) hearing on Thursday, CGF President Louise Martin told media correspondents.

Six of the athletes had finished competing in their respective competitions while the other two - boxers Ndzie Tchoyi Christian and Yombo Ulrich - left without competing.

Despite the pair not making their matches, Sierra Leone officials insisted both were still at the village and had merely confused the times of their events.

As well as the athletes' suspensions, "strong reprimands" were issued to Indian officials including the team's chef de mission with a warning that any further breaches could result in suspension of accreditation.

There is a track record for athletes and officials disappearing in Australia during worldwide sporting competitions, with 25 delegates going missing at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and 80 athletes and officials outstaying their visas at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

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Ms Martin said an investigation into the incident had found denials by the two athletes to be "unreliable and evasive". This is a big question, how they confirmed this syringe belongs to both. However, India will not appeal against his exclusion as he was responsible for the bag.

It is the second time the Indian team have broken the no-needle regulations at these Games after boxing team doctor Amol Patil admitted to carrying out a vitamin injection on an athlete.

Team official Chaudry said the sanctions didn't appear to be fair. "These are worldwide athletes who have very strict training programs and they undertook their training as was expected", Cr Dobie said. "But we appeal on these grounds - why was Irfan given this punishment?"

Babu has been the 12th and last qualifier for the guys's triple jump last. "Once they found the needles in their bags, they kept them in a cup in their room as it was not permitted to throw them away", he added.

Patrick Ogwel, the team manager and assistant secretary at the National Council of Sports told Xinhua that two weightlifters did not return to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games village on Wednesday.



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