Indian athletes banned from Commonwealth Games

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"Both athletes were removed from the village", the CGF president Louise Martin said in a statement.

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

In announcing the punishment, the Commonwealth Games Federation had described evidence from Babu and Thodi as "unreliable and evasive", and asked the pair to leave Australia on the next available flight.

Mackey was the second of two Bahamians to compete in wrestling at the games.

It's not the first time Australia has dealt with cases of missing global athletes, mostly from African nations, suspected of fleeing in a bid to seek asylum.

"I also want to thank the sportscotland Team Behind the Team, who have helped ensure that Scotland's athletes are the best prepared they have ever been for an away Games".

Jean Paul Nsengiyumva, the head coach of Powerlifting has not been sighted since competition in Carrara on Tuesday night, with his whereabouts unknown to his team and police, according to Rwanda's Chef de Mission Eugene Nzabanterura.

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No failed drugs tests have been reported at the Games, but pre-tournament testing snared three Australian athletes and a number of foreign competitors.

"Until it becomes a real issue in terms of visas and so forth we would obviously need to take that very seriously but right now it's a safety and welfare issue for those athletes from a Team Cameroon perspective".

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

"Although they have valid visas until mid-May. we are concerned because they haven't turned up for events when they are the reason they are here, " he told Macquarie Media radio on Thursday. If there is a breach then Peter Dutton and his department will deal with it.

A lot of them are from Cameroon, with the team describing the disappearance as "desertion".

After the 2000 Sydney Olympics, more than 100 athletes overstayed, while during the London 2012 Olympics, seven athletes left the village.

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