England edge past India for bronze at Commonwealth Games

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Earlier Friday, the banning of two Indian competitors for breaching the "no-needles" policy at the athletes village and the arrest of some protesters overshadowed the start of the day.

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

Commonwealth Games boss Peter Beattie said while the athletes' visas allow them to spend time enjoying Australia, they should return to their home country as scheduled.

Ms Martin said the CGF court found the athletes' denials of any knowledge of the syringes were both "unreliable and evasive".

The operations manager provided "credible" evidence to the Federation Court after discovering the needle in bedroom two of apartment seven at the Athletes Village, assigned to the Indian team.

"When the Commonwealth Games Federation says no tolerance, the Commonwealth Games Federation means no tolerance", Ms Martin said.

Our Aussie divers picked up a swag of medals at the Diving at Optus Aquatic Centre, starting with the Men's duo of Domonic Bedggood and Declan Stacey who came third in the Synchronised 10m Platform. India was cleared of doping after the find.

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.

The number of the missing athletes may even go higher as organisers of the game in Gold Coast verify the whereabouts of two squash players from Sierra Leone.

"The CGF should exhort Ravinder Chaudhry, Namdev Shirgaonker, and Vikram Singh Sisodia that any further infractions by any individual from the Indian group of the "no-needle" approach could bring about the withdrawal of accreditation of the culpable individual", she said.

This allegation according to reports was triggered after eight athletes allegedly disappeared from the camp of Team Cameroon.

Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg confirmed in a statement that Australian authorities are now searching for "one Rwandan and two Ugandan accredited delegates not present in the village".

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