Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Two Indian Athletes Expelled for 'No Needle' Policy Breach at Commonwealth Games

Two Indian Athletes Expelled for 'No Needle' Policy Breach at Commonwealth Games

"And while we are of course delighted with the medal successes I also want to pay tribute to the many athletes who achieved a personal best and to every single member of the team for the incredible dedication they have shown to the Games".

Two Indian athletes have been kicked out of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast after being found with needles at the athletes' village.

Three weightlifters and two boxers were initially reported to Australian police after not being seen since Tuesday, triggering suspicion they had fled with no intention of returning to Cameroon.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Opening ceremony - Carrara Stadium - Gold Coast, Australia - April 4, 2018 - Athletes of Cameroon attend the opening ceremony.

The head of Commonwealth Games Federation's confirmed that five athletes from Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Rwanda have left the athletes village.

- Jean-Jacques Cornish, EWN Africa correspondentIt is not unusual for athletes to go missing in this way at the Commonwealth Games, and now, they still have visas so they are not sought by the law.

This allegation according to reports was triggered after eight athletes allegedly disappeared from the camp of Team Cameroon.

"As National's new spokesperson for Sport and Recreation, it is great to support our athletes as they compete on the world stage and also to learn from other countries about policies that may be beneficial to New Zealand athletes".

"My attention has since been drawn to stories making the rounds claiming that Nigerian athletes are being monitored following the alleged disappearance of eight athletes from Cameroon".

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".

Before the games began, home affairs minister Peter Dutton had warned athletes not to overstay their visas.

And Cypriot rhythmic gymnast Diamanto Evripidou added two more golds, taking her haul to four for the Games. "We're organising a sporting event, if there are breaches of visas, they will deal with it".

"The remaining Cameroon athletes returned home on Wednesday to avert further scandal".

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