If India’s medal-less run at Rio 2016 Olympics wasn’t enough woes for the contingent and the entire nation, it just got worse with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealing against the clean chit given to Narsingh Yadav by the Wrestling Federation of India after days of deliberation and questioning against National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
In the latest development confirmed by WFI president BB Sharan Singh, the wrestler will face further scrutiny – this time in Rio de Janeiro – with the hearing slated for August 18. “World Anti-Doping agency appeals against clean chit to wrestler Narsingh Yadav. Hearing will be on 18 August, but we are confident as our case is strong,” said Sharan Singh to ANI.
Narsingh had tested positive in both his collected samples on July 25 earlier this year. He then vehemently denied allegations and claimed innocence saying his samples were tampered with or he was fed the banned substances through food or water.
In the proceedings that followed, NADA officials and Narsingh’s attorneys presented their cases before WFI ruled in favour of the wrestler and allowed him to travel to Rio for the Olympics.
Prior to this, Narsingh had a lengthy court battle with Sushil Kumar over which wrestler would represent India at the Olympics with both claiming ownership for the quota place.