The CBI is likely to begin a formal probe in the doping scandal allegedly involving wrestler Narsingh Yadav soon, as sources on Monday said that the agency had started examining a complaint and material received from the Prime Minister’s Office on the matter.
The CBI has received a reference from the PMO through the Department of Personnel and Training, sources said.
According to sources, CBI officers are examining material received along with the complaint filed by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). A formal probe, in the form of a preliminary enquiry or a regular case, could soon be initiated, they said.
Yadav was slapped with a four-year ban in August by the Court of Arbitration (CAS) during the Rio Olympics barring him from competing in the games. The WFI had been demanding a CBI probe into the matter.
The wrestler was tested positive for banned substance for about 20 days ahead of the start of the Olympic Games.
After Yadav was tested positive for banned substance ahead of the start of the Olympic Games, he had had alleged a conspiracy and claimed his food and drinks were spiked at SAI hostel in Sonepat. He, however, failed to provide any substantial evidence to substantiate his allegations.
The wrestler was barred from representing India at the Rio Games in the 74 kg freestyle wrestling event, but later India’s National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) cleared the wrestler for the Olympic Games by accepting his contention that he was a victim of “sabotage”.
During the course of the Games, the CAS slapped a ban on him for flunking a dope test following World Anti-Doping Agency’s challenge to the clean chit given to him by NADA just three days ahead of his scheduled opening bout at the Olympics.
However, during the hearing at Rio de Janeiro, WADA had said that if any decision was rendered at a later stage by a criminal court in India, which confirmed the alleged sabotage, then any award made by the ad-hoc panel could be reviewed by the Supreme Court in Switzerland, where the CAS is based.