Narsingh Yadav, who has tested positive for the anabolic steroid metadienone after samples were collected on June 25 while he was at the Sports Authority of India’s Sonepat centre, had given samples for testing earlier in the month — on June 2 — and the results showed he was clean at that point in time. Moreover, prior to the June 25 test, Narsingh has never failed a dope test and there has not been a whereabouts failure by him, according to records available with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
“Whenever he was tested on earlier occasions he was clean and moreover he never resisted any tests as per our records. There are no whereabouts violations or failure by him in the past too,” NADA director general Navin Agarwal said Monday.
Narsingh was tested on June 2 at the SAI’s Sonepat centre. In this particular test his urine sample was collected and the results showed he was clean. On June 25, his blood and urine samples were collected by NADA officials while Narsingh was at Sonepat.
The blood sample came out clean but metadienone was detected in the urine. It was following this positive test that Narsingh was provisionally suspended on July 16 and the Wrestling Federation of India and the athlete was informed about the same immediately. A third test was conducted on July 5, in which once again both urine and blood samples were collected.
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And while the blood sample has not shown any drug use pattern, the urine sample results have not been declared officially. Samples were collected at Sonepat during this test as well. Agarwal said testing of an athlete, especially one who is going to the Olympic Games, on more than one occasion is not unusual.
“In the case of most of the Olympians we do test twice or thrice because some drugs can be detected in the short term and some in the long term. Narsingh was part of the Olympic contingent and he was also part of the camp. Hence he was tested on three occasions,” Agarwal said.
It is learnt that Narsingh was initially apprehensive about the sample testing procedure but once the ‘B’ Sample was tested in his presence, he was seemingly satisfied.
“On June 2, we conducted a routine test at Sonepat, on June 25 we targeted Olympic hopefuls at Sonepat and on July 5 we tested those who were at the national wrestling camp in Sonepat. Narsingh was a Rio-bound athlete and he was also at the camp and that is the reason he was tested on two occasions apart from the first test on June 2, which was a routine test,” he added.
While Narsingh is currently the only Rio-bound sports person to be provisionally suspended, the NADA director general said that all the test results of athletes across sports who were bound for Rio had not been received yet and some of the analysis of the results were yet to be completed.
“Some reports are yet to come in or to be analyzed. We have issued provisional suspension only to Narsingh but all reports have not come in so we will have to wait and see,” he added.