Narsingh Yadav’s doping case will be heard today with the verdict likely to be handed out on Thursday. As a safety measure, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has named Praveen Rana as the replacement for Narsingh in case he’s found to have doped. Then United World Wrestling (UWW) gave India an ultimatum to put another name on the list as backup or country’s quota place would be passed on.
WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh confirmed that WFI had written to the global body (FILA) on July 19 when the matter was first reported. “On 19th when the matter came to light, we wrote to FILA. We explained to them the entire situation. We requested them to give us a chance, and said that our government is serious about this issue,” he told ANI.
“Narsingh has alleged conspiracy, and even I feel the same. Fortunately, United World Wrestling (UWW) gave us time till July 25.”
Then on July 25, UWW asked WFI to put in a replacement in the squad or India’s quota place would be lost in the 74kg freestyle wrestling category. “On 25th, we were contacted by them and asked to change the name as this was a last chance. We were told that if you don’t change the name, India’s quota will not be valid and will be allotted to some other country. We couldn’t wait much, we sent Praveen Rana’s name as suggested by the Chief coach. I mentioned that the probe is on, hearing is on 27th. If Narsingh comes out clean, then we will request you to consider him,” he added.
Singh added that Rana’s name has been accepted too. Narsingh Yadav’s doping samples had tested positive last week and the wrestler has alleged that a young wrestler had spiked the food.