Updated: August 12, 2016 1:22:22 am
Narsingh Yadav’s Rio Olympics journey has been a difficult one. After securing the quota by winning the bronze at Worlds in 2015, he had to fight a court battle with Sushil Kumar who was also eyeing the place in same category. The Delhi High Court rejected Sushil’s plea and Narsingh is India’s official entry to Rio. In July, Narsingh failed a dope test and his representation was once again in doubt. He claimed conspiracy in the dope test and later NADA ruled that there was sabotage in this case and cleared Narsingh to compete in Rio Games.
Narsingh is the younger son of a millkman in Mumbai while his ancestral village is in UP. Having lived in Mumbai, Narsingh took up wrestler early and then made a name for himself in local tournaments. His first big achievement was the bronze medal in 2010 Commonwealth Games. He later won medals in Asian Games and in 2015, won the Olympics quota for India by winning a medal at the World Championships in Las Vegas. It has been a rollercoaster ride for the wrestler since then. First there was a question whether he has to face a trial to represent India at Olympics but instead he fought a battle in the court. After the High Court case, doping allegations affected his road to Rio. He was suspended, replaced by Parveen Rana but now, after rounds of hearing, he has been cleared by NADA to participate in Rio 2016 Games. The reinstatement Test will be crucial in this regard, and suspense around his participation continues.
Event: Wrestling (74kg men’s freestyle)
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Event Date: August 19
Qualifying Event: Qualified from World Championships 2015 in Las Vegas
Career highlights: Bronze in Asian Games 2014, Bronze in Asian Championships 2014, Bronze in World Championships 2015
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