Two athletes kicked out of Commonwealth Games over needles found

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In a freakish set of events, five more athletes appear to be missing from Commonwealth Games Village organisers said on Thursday, after eight competitors from Cameroon were suspected of fleeing a day earlier. "Rakesh Babu and also Irfan Kolothum Thodi come in breach of the "no-needles" coverage".

"Babu and Thodi are with immediate effect not permitted to participate in the Games".

The two athletes were found to have given "unreliable and evasive" testimony after a syringe was discovered in a cup on the bedside table in their room in the Athletes' Village.

Finally, there's a medal for Ghana at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia and it came from a likely source.

Nigeria has already got nine Gold, eight silver and six bronze in the fiesta which will end on Sunday.

Ms Martin said that was because they failed to ensure compliance with the policy.

Under Games rules only medical practitioners and athletes with an approved medical condition requiring auto-injection such as diabetes can bring needles into the athletes' village. Bajrang of India also bagged a gold medal in Wrestling 65kg Freestyle category taking India's gold medal tally to 17!

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.

Rwanda's chef de mission Eugene Nzabanterura said coach Jean Paul Nsengiyuma hadn't been seen since his athlete's event finished at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre on Tuesday.

Indian team official Ravinder Chaudry held a news conference later Friday and said the delegation planned to appeal the ban on Thodi.

David Grevemberg, Commonwealth Games Federation CEO, said the situation remained an issue for the Cameroon team until the athletes breached their visas.

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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