Saturday, 21 April, 2018

Commonwealth Games - Indian athletes sent home after needle found in room

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Indian athletes Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi have been kicked out of the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast after syringes were discoverd in their apartment.

For the other Indian wrestlers, it was a comparatively disappointing outing. She scored 602.2 to finish 16th in the field of 20 competitors. 17th for India - in Men's Freestyle 65 kg wrestling competition. His first two opponents (Jevon Balfour and Muhammad Butt) were dismissed with one-sided verdicts of more than 10 points, at which point the wrestler is deemed to have won on technical superiority. It was Sushil's third consecutive gold in the CWG. Ignored for big events, sometimes without a trial, Aware fought through a groin niggle in a pulsating final against Canada's Steven Takahashi.

The good work was continued in the athletics events. The teenager from Haryana achieved the feat when he stormed his way into the Gold medal with a Games record in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol event at the Belmont Shooting Centre.

Johnston and partner Lesley Doig beat Canadian pair Leanne Chinery and Kelly McKerihen 18-10 in the early hours of this morning to claim the bronze medal.

Indian race walker K T Irfan and triple jumper V Rakesh Babu were on Friday ordered to return home from the Games and a strong reprimand issued to the Indian officials here after the duo was found guilty of breaching the event's strict no needle policy.

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Bronze medal-winning Indian weightlifter Vikas Thakur also came to the attention of doping investigators.

However, the day was not completely free of disappointment as the women's hockey team bowed out of final contention after losing 0-1 to hosts Australia in the semi-final.

Yesterday, India had won a two gold, a silver and a bronze in the three-day competition. This year, India also has high hopes from the badminton team, which includes Olympic medallists Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu.

Squash: Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal defeat Samantha Cornett and Nikki Todd of Canada to advance to women's doubles semifinals.

Following the Commonwealth Games Federation's (CGF) decision to suspend and send home two of India's athletes for violation of the strict "No Needle" policy, the Indian contingent in Australia has chose to appeal against the ruling.

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