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2 barred for needles at C’wealth Games

The Associated PressGOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Two Indian athletes were banned from the Commonwealth Games on Friday and ordered to leave Australia “on the first flight available” after needles were discovered in their room at the athletes village.

Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin said triple jumper Rakesh Babu and race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi had been banned from the Games and ordered to return home immediately.

It’s the second time India has been investigated here for breaching the Commonwealth Games “no-needles” policy after a doctor with the boxing team was reprimanded last week.

A statement said testimony from an Australia Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigator was “credible,” and cast doubt on comments from the two athletes.

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