Narsingh Yadav has failed a dope test conducted by National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) barely 10 days before the start of the Rio Olympics. The development has cast doubts over his participation at all in the 74kg freestyle wrestling event.
National Anti-Doping Director General Navin Agarwal confirmed that Narsingh’s ‘B’ sample also tested positive for
a banned steroid and he appeared before a NADA disciplinary panel on Saturday.
“Yes, he (Narsingh) tested positive for a banned steroid. His B sample was also found to be positive. Narsingh was
personally present when his B sample was opened,” NADA DG told PTI on Sunday. “He appeared before a disciplinary panel on Saturday. The panel sought for more reports regarding the matter. We will proceed further and I am hoping that the panel will proceed quickly. Till then we will have to wait,” he added.
Asked if Narsingh will miss the Rio Olympics, Agarwal said, “It is too early to comment in that regard. We will try to complete the whole thing quickly. I cannot speculate on that.”
A statement from the Ministry confirmed the stance without naming names. It read: “One wrestler has been detected by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) as dope positive. An Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel(ADDP) has been constituted by NADA under its rules for hearing the case. Its first hearing was held yesterday in which the wrestler was given an opportunity to defend himself. After the hearing, the panel has asked NADA for some further reports. After these reports are received, the panel would hold further hearing in the matter.”
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“ADDP is headed by a legal expert and includes doctors and sportspersons. NADA is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports to check doping in sports. India is committed to the World Anti-Doping code and follows prescribed procedures. Government does not interfere in the day-to- day functioning of NADA and is committed to total transparency and objectivity in matters relating to doping.”
Interestingly, Narsingh was selected for the Rio Olympics in controversial circumstances as double Olympic medallist Sushil Singh had also staked his claim to represent the country in 74kg freestyle.
But Narsingh was favoured as he had earned the Olympic quota in the World Championships last year. Narsingh had to fight a lengthy legal battle with two-time Olympics medallist Sushil, also in the same category, to get the chance to compete for India at the Olympics.
Sushil’s coach Satpal Singh called it ‘grave injustice to the nation’. “Agar ye (wrestler Narsingh Yadav fails dope test) sach hai, toh ye desh ke saath dhokha hai (if this is true, then this is grave injustice to the nation)”