Drugged Aus team out of kabaddi cup

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AUSTRALIA'S national team has been thrown out of the World Cup of kabaddi - a brutal team game of chanting, tackling and held-breath raids on opposition territory - disgraced as the worst doping offenders in a tournament beset by drugs scandals.

After five players failed drug tests and two more fled from testers, Australia was left without enough players to field a team, and Afghanistan was awarded their group match in a walk-over.

Australia has been officially kicked out of the tournament, the first team ever suspended.

"Five of Australia's players tested positive in anti-dope tests and two absconded, maybe out of fear of facing such a test," organising secretary Pargat Singh told reporters.

"Since eight players have to be on the ground, Australia failed to have a quorum at a group stage match yesterday and so have been disqualified. They are out of the tournament."


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