Sports Minister Vijay GoelA�has stated that Narsingh Yadav’s prospects of participating in the Rio OlympicsA� hinge on NADA panel’s report.
“As of now, Narsingh Yadav has been provisionally suspended. He will be allowed to go to Rio only if the panel exonerates him,” 62-year-old told media.
26-year-old bagged the quota in the 74kg category with a bronze medal finish in last year’s World Championships, will now appear before a NADA panel this week for the final hearing.
Narsingh, who was selected ahead of the celebrated Sushil KumarA�, failed a dope test on Sunday as heA�tested positive for A�methandienone – a banned anabolic steroid and his ‘B’ sample test was positive too.
“NADA has found Narsingh’s doping test positive. According to rules, an anti-doping disciplinary panel is constituted to submit its report on such cases and also allow athletes a chance to defend themselves,” sports minister said. “The panel has accordingly given the wrestler an opportunity. One of his two samples was tested in front of him and when that was also tested positive, he was told by the panel to give any representation if he has.”
“He must have given some representation, which the panel will discuss in a few days. Above all, we want transparency in sports. I don’t want any athlete to return from Rio due to this. And, therefore, our efforts will be to rectify faults within our system.”, Goel added.
The Wrestling Federation of India today threw its weight behind A�Narsingh and theA�grappler tooA�alleged that a conspiracy has been hatched against him to ruin his wrestling career.
The Sports Minister also stated that they would proceed on the basis of the final report on Narsingh by the NADA.
Narsingh was selected for the Rio Olympics in controversial circumstances.
Narsingh was picked ahead of the double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar in a dramatic way as A�Sushil A�demands for a trial were rejected both by the WFI and the Delhi High Court and Narsingh won theA�lengthy legal battle with Sushil.