What Happens In The Narsingh Yadav Controversy Now?
A DAY after it emerged that he had failed a dope test, wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s hopes of participating in the Olympic Games in Rio next month were hanging on a World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) rule, which says that an athlete’s period of suspension will be eliminated if he is able to prove that he was sabotaged by a rival.
This is likely to be the line of argument from Narsingh’s legal team during a disciplinary panel hearing in the case on Wednesday, according to sources close to the wrestler. Sources said that in order to be exonerated, Narsingh will have to produce a witness who will admit to spiking the wrestler’s food with the drug to benefit his rivals.
Narsingh’s ambitions are under a cloud after he tested positive for the anabolic steroid, metadienone, in a dope test conducted by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) on June 25. However, the 26-year-old has maintained that the failed test was the result of a conspiracy by his opponents to stop him from participating in the Olympics.
Rule 10.4 in WADA’s 2016 Code reads: “If an athlete or other person establishes in an individual case that he or she bears no fault or negligence, then the otherwise applicable period of ineligibility shall be eliminated. They will only apply in exceptional circumstances, for example, where an athlete could prove that, despite all due care, he or she was sabotaged by a competitor.”
If Narsingh manages to prove his innocence to the satisfaction of the NADA disciplinary panel, he will still have to clear another dope test before boarding the flight to Rio to ensure there is no trace of the banned substance in his body.