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The banning of two Indian competitors for breaching the "no-needles" policy at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village and the arrest of some protesters overshadowed the competition early yesterday in Australia. "Rakesh Babu and also Irfan Kolothum Thodi come in breach of the "no-needles" coverage".

Babu has been banned from competing in the triple jump final tomorrow as a result of the decision from the CGF's Federation Court, which deals with disciplinary matters at the Games.

Triple jumper Rakesh Babu and race-walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi were stripped of their accreditation and ordered to take the first available flight home, Games president Louise Martin said.

The CGF court found that the testimonies given by a cleaner manager at the Games and Australia Anti-Doping Authority Principal Investigator were credible.

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

National Party spokesperson for Sport and Recreation Nikki Kaye is heading to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games tomorrow to show her support for our Kiwi athletes.

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.

All four gold medals came from the para-powerlifting events with Roland Ezuruike, Esther Onyema, Ndidi Nwosu and Ibrahim Abdulazeez emergeing as heroes and heroines.

Eight athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon - one-third of the central African country's 24-strong team - were said to be missing from the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, sparking an Australian Border Force manhunt.

Comment has been sought from the Indian team.

Team Cameroon's Chef de Mission, Victor Agbor Nso said the Cameroon team has filed an official complaint with Australian police.

The Commonwealth Games Federation said it would monitor the situation but athletes had "the right to travel freely" on their visas.

"I would simply say enjoy Australia while you are here, this includes Cameroon and any other athletes, stay within the law and be mindful of the fact that there is a system in place in this country", he told a news conference on Wednesday.


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