Powerlifting coach goes missing at Commonwealth Games

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Powerlifting coach goes missing at Commonwealth Games

Indian athletes Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi Happen to Be Shipped home from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after a needle Has Been found in a cup Within their bedroom in the Athletes' Village, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said on Friday.

"We obviously have been in close contact with Cameroon officials", he said.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has suspended the accreditation of two Indian athletes, A. V. Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi for infringement of no-needle policy at the Commonwealth Games.

Officials named the missing athletes as weightlifters Olivier Matam Matam, Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou and Petit Minkoumba, and boxers Christian Ndzie Tsoye, Simplice Fotsala, Arsene Fokou, Ulrich Yombo and Christelle Ndiang.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg said it was disappointing the athletes didn't show up they were scheduled to compete.

Organisers on the Gold Coast say the other missing athletes are from Uganda, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Ghana. "If they are thinking of doing anything other, I would encourage them not to do it".

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".




On Wednesday, Cameroon's team attache Simon Molombe told CNN Sport he did not expect the missing athletes to return: "I don't think they will be back", he said.

Her teammates haven't had it easy; they have had to organise their own accommodation, babysitting, meals and physiotherapy, after being told Pata couldn't stay with her baby at the athletes' village.

Peter Beattie, chairman of the local organizing committee, said it was not a surprise.

The issue was not characterized as an against doping guideline infringement, but rather the whole India designation was cautioned by the CGF there would be repercussions on the off chance that they ruptured the standards once more.

"I don't want to be too blase about it but there are mechanisms to deal with it and it will be dealt with in the right way by that department. We're organizing a sporting event, if there are breaches of visas, they will deal with it".

Cameroon's remaining two weightlifters, along with the country's basketball team, were already heading home, the team added.

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