My dream of winning the country a medal at the Rio Olympics has been cruelly snatched away from me, says Narsingh Yadav

Narsingh Yadav has maintained all along that his scandalous dope test was a result of conspiracy by rivals who spiked his food or drinks.

By: PTI | Rio De Janeiro | Updated: August 19, 2016 10:46 am
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His dream of representing the country in Rio Olympics shattered after a verdict of the CAS, a devastated Narsingh Yadav today said that he will do everything to prove his innocence.

In a stunning reversal of fortunes, wrestler Narsingh was ousted from the Olympics yesterday and slapped with a four-year ban for flunking a dope test after the ad hoc division of Court of Arbitration for Sports overturned the clean chit given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency.

“To say I am devastated at the decision of CAS would be putting it mildly. I have gone through so much over the last two months off the mat but the thought of fighting for the glory of the nation at the Games had kept me going. My dream of competing and winning the country a medal at the Rio Olympics has been cruelly snatched away from me twelve hours before my first bout,” Narsingh, who was to fight in men’s 74kg category, said.

“But I will do everything it takes to prove my innocence. It is all I have left to fight for,” he said in a statement issued by his sponsors JSW Sports.

The statement said that a review of the decision could be filed if further evidence is found pertaining to the claim of sabotage made by Narsingh.

“We will be pressing for a review of the decision that WADA would be amenable to if further evidence is found pertaining to sabotage,” it said.

“JSW Sports strongly believes in Narsingh’s innocence and will stand by the wrestler in doing everything to fight for justice,” it added.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had appealed against the NADA all-clear to Narsingh at the ad hoc division of the CAS at Rio, three days ahead of his scheduled opening bout at the Olympics.

“…the parties were informed that the application was upheld, that Narsingh Yadav was sanctioned with a four-year ineligibility period starting today and that any period of provisional suspension or ineligibility effectively served by the athlete before the entry into force of this award shall be credited against the total period of ineligibility to be served,” CAS said in a statement after the hearing, which lasted four hours last night.

“Furthermore, all competitive results obtained by Narsingh Yadav from and including 25 June 2016 shall be disqualified, with all resulting consequences (including forfeiture of medals, points and prizes). The CAS Panel did not accept the argument of the athlete that he was the victim of sabotage and noted that there was no evidence that he bore no fault, nor that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional. Therefore the standard 4-year period of ineligibility was imposed by the Panel,” it added.

The verdict marked a painful end to the sordid controversy which began with the wrestler failing a June 25 test.

The 27-year-old’s name had appeared in the official Olympic schedule after he underwent the mandatory weigh-in. He was to take on France’s Zelimkhan Khadjiev in the qualification round but the CAS verdict has dashed all his hopes.

The embattled 74kg category grappler has maintained all along that his scandalous dope test was a result of conspiracy by rivals who spiked his food or drinks.

“WADA filed an urgent application before the CAS ad hoc Division to challenge the decision of NADA India to exonerate Narsingh Yadav following two positive anti-doping tests with methandienone on 25 June and 5 July 2016. The athlete asserted that he was the victim of sabotage (food/drink tampering) by another person. WADA requested that a 4-year period of ineligibility be imposed on the athlete,” the CAS further noted.

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    anand praksh
    Aug 19, 2016 at 6:38 am
    India has lost a shining grappler who can win a medal to country due to some traitor ...who had done all effort tto stop him ..finally they got success....shame on those....here enquiry should happen with every angle..
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      vijay
      Aug 19, 2016 at 7:19 am
      It is up to each individual to watch and guard what he eats and drinks Other wise one leaves oneself wide open to the evil machinations from others. This must be a lesson to everyone who eat or drink with others in public places other than at home with one's family.lt;br/gt;It is heartbreaking to hear the story but who can help him?
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        ashok
        Aug 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm
        Narsingh Yadav is our Son of soil. I support him. Our Indian Government support him.
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          avi
          Aug 19, 2016 at 11:02 pm
          "Dreams" and cheating don't go together in International sports. Join a political party and you will do better !
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            Binay
            Aug 19, 2016 at 9:18 am
            It is a big slap of the Indian system that exists in the Indian sports bodies and the Indian judicial system. Doping is the easiest way to harm another sportsperson's career. The sports bodies must have stricter rules. The players also must have to be very careful.
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              Deeply Concerned
              Aug 19, 2016 at 12:56 pm
              Who influenced NADA to clear him of doping charges and with what evidence? What is the evidence WADA is asking for???
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                ASHOK KUMAR
                Aug 19, 2016 at 10:15 am
                Vijay Goel the newly appointed Sports Minister has sent his resignation letter to Modi. He pleads that given the present corrupt political system crept into Sport Bodies including Cricket, India should not dream of Gold medal for another 20 years. Modi replied that let corruption and nepotism be introduced as games in Olympics.
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                  Sreenivasan
                  Aug 19, 2016 at 10:29 am
                  Cheaters should never get a chance at all. He should have been careful and responsible to the country and to himself and to all those who have spent time on him with the hope of a his winning a medal for the country. Very bad, he failed to maintain the quality life of a sports person.
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