The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) on Friday overturned the clean chit given to Narsingh yadav by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and slapped him with a four year ban. Narsingh’s Rio hopes officially came to an end after the CAS ruled the decision against Narsingh’s favour.
“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.
The 27-year-old wrestler was to take on France’s Zelimkhan Khadjiev in the qualification round. The verdict came as a painful blow to Narsingh’s Rio dreams.
The 74kg category wrestler’s tryst with the Olympics this year was rattled by controversy right from the start. His legal battle with Sushil Kumar, after the former was chosen to represent India at the Rio 2016 Olympics, continued to grab headlines for a while. Sushil dragged him to the court but the ruling came officially in Narsingh’s favour. Matters escalated more when the he tested positive for a drug test on June 25. Sushil took to Twitter to renew his rivalry and shared his disgust on the issue.
The controversy had already rattled the country, but Narsingh always maintained that his fellow compatriots at the Sports Authority of India might have spiked his food or drinks, thus leading to the doping scandal.
The Wrestling Federation of India threw its weight behind Narsingh Yadav’s sabotage theory. They eventually chose an untested wrestler, Praveen Rana, ahead of Sushil Kumar to represent India at the Olympics.
Things took a positive turn for the wrestler when NADA cleared Narsingh of all doping charges and gave a thumbs up to his Rio Ticket. But his road to Rio wasn’t going to be easy, as many had predicted. he still awaited WADA’s clearance.
Narsingh’s Olympic dreams dealt a painful blow when CAS ruled the doping verdict against him and banned him for four years.