THE HARYANA government Thursday referred the dope case of wrestler Narsingh Yadav registered in Sonepat to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for further investigation.
The case had ruled out Yadav’s participation in the 74-kg freestyle wrestling event at the recent Rio Olympic Games after the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) slapped a four-year ban on the grappler on August 18.
Additional Chief Secretary of Home Department, Ram Niwas, confirmed, “We have referred the case registered at Sonepat to the CBI for further investigation.”
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On the basis of a complaint made by Yadav, the Haryana police had on July 27 registered a criminal case against a junior wrestler, Jitesh, and others on charges of criminal conspiracy and causing hurt by means of poison.
The FIR was registered at Rai police station in Sonepat district.
Yadav, in his complaint, alleged that wrestler Jitesh, who practices in Chhatarsal stadium at New Delhi, spiked his food supplements. He also claimed involvement of certain influential persons in the conspiracy.
The Wrestling Federation of India had been demanding an investigation from the CBI into the case after the CAS had slapped a four-year ban on Yadav and had debarred him from participating in the Olympics. The CAS had ruled that Yadav had taken “banned substance intentionally in tablet form.”
The 26-year-old wrestler had flunked the dope test conducted for a banned steroid on June 25 by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
Later, NADA, while considering Yadav as victim of sabotage, had given him clean chit enabling him to participate in the Rio Olympic Games.
But the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), just three days ahead of Yadav’s opening bout at the Olympics, challenged NADA’s decision before the CAS which in turn set aside NADA’s verdict.
The wrestler had alleged conspiracy against him by his rivals, stating that someone had spiked his food and drinks at the Sonepat-based Sports Authority of India hostel. But he failed to substantiate his allegations with evidence.
Yadav had qualified for Rio Olympic on the basis of his Bronze medal at the World Championship held in Las Vegas in 2015, resulting in the ouster of double Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar in the same weight category. Kumar had then approached the Delhi High Court and finally the High Court had ruled in favour of Yadav.