New Delhi: The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Monday out in support of Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav who failed a dope test conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said the federation feels that injustice has been done to Narsingh and that he hopes the committee ( which committee) does justice. “The name of replacement date has already passed and I think Narsingh should represent India in 74kg Freestyle Category wrestling at Rio,” said Singh
Narsingh was earlier picked ahead of the double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar to represent India at the Rio Games in 74kg Freestyle category. Afterhe failed the dope test he was handed a provisional suspension and virtually ruled out of next month’s Olympics.
“Narsingh had given a complaint to federation on 19th July. He had taken the name of a SAI member and allegations were put on other people also. If he was involved in doping then he would have not gone to Spain. I have informed Government of India and International Wrestlers Federation,” Singh added.
A day after Narsingh failed the dope test by NADA, another Indian wrestler, Sandeep Tulsi Yadav, who was Narsingh Yadav’s roommate at SAI (Sports Authority of India), Sonepat, and a bronze medallist at the 2013 World Championship also failed a dope test.
“It is our duty to protect Narsingh and all our wrestlers. Narsingh’s record is clean. He is someone who never shied away from dope tests. Narsingh complained in writing to us that a conspiracy has been hatched against him and I and the entire nation believe him because he has nothing to do with the substance,” Singh said.
In an exclusive interview to CNN-NEWS 18, Narsingh had said that he has never been into doping and that this is a conspiracy against him.