New Delhi : The Asian Games-bound Indian athletes should adhere to the ‘No Needle Policy’ during the mega-event in Indonesia, the IOA instructed on Wednesday, pinning the responsibility on the national federations to ensure that the country is not embarrassed.

In a letter to all the National Sports Federations (NSFs), officials have been told to ensure that medicines prescribed for specific purposes or illnesses do not contain prohibited substances and all the syringes to be used are declared to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

The missive comes in the wake of the embarrassment that the country’s contingent faced during the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.

Two Indian track and field athletes — race walker KT Irfan and triple jumper V Rakesh Babu — were ordered to return home after they failed to explain the presence of needles in their bedroom at the Games Village. “Medicines should be carried/kept in sealed transparent cover. A copy of the prescription by licensed doctor including details of the medical condition, quantity of medicine, etc should always be maintained,” the IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said in the letter.

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