Rio De Janeiro: World Anti-Doping agency appeals against clean chit to wrestler Narsingh Yadav: BB Sharan Singh,WFI President says.
Narsingh Yadav’s National Anti-Doping Agency clean chit is being reviewed by the World Anti-Doping Agency in Rio. Narsingh is India’s only entry in the 64-kg freestyle category in the Summer Games. WADA has taken Narsingh to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). There will be a hearing on August 18, exactly a day before Narsingh begins his Rio campaign. It has put Narsingh’s participation in jeopardy.
On August 2, NADA gave the dope-tainted wrestler a clean chit to travel to Rio. There was a hearing at the Games Village on Tuesday. It was attended by members of the Indian contingent and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).
Narsingh had returned positive for methandienone – a banned anabolic steroid, following which the wrestler cried foul, claiming that the entire episode was a conspiracy against him. NADA Director General Navin Agarwal read out a statement clearing Narsingh, leading to wild celebrations among his supporters.
“We kept in mind that in the past, till June 2, none of his samples were positive. It was inconceivable that one-time ingestion would be of benefit. Therefore, the panel is of the view that the one-time ingestion was not intentional,” Agarwal said.
“The panel concludes that the athlete deserves the benefit of article 10.4 of the NADA’s anti-doping code. Keeping in view that he was victim of a sabotage, the panel exonerates the athlete from charges of anti-doping rules of NADA,” he added.