Two Indian athletes, race walker KT Irfan and triple jumper Rakesh Babu have been removed from the Games village and sent back home for breach of the ‘no-needle policy’.
“They are in breach of the No Needle Policy and the statements of both these athletes are unreliable and evasive, so we have suspended their accreditation, removed them from the Village and put them back on the first plane available out of Australia,” Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin said.
Needles were reportedly found in a cup in the apartment by cleaners.
Irfan had finished 13th in last week’s 20km walk whole Babu was to compete in the triple jump final on Saturday.
This is the second instance of Indian athletes being found in breach of the No Needle Policy at this Games. In the days leading up to the opening ceremony , a doctor from the Indian boxing team was reprimanded for not properly disposing syringe.
India chef de mission Vikram Sisodia has been handed a strong warning that any further breaches could lead to suspension of accreditation.