Indian Freestyle Wrestler Narsingh Yadav has been tested positive for Banned substance in a 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.
The Wrestler has tested positive for methandienone – a banned anabolic steroid.National Anti-Doping Director General Navin Agarwal confirmed that Narsingh’s ‘B’ sample also tested positive for
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.
Narsingh who had qualified for the Rio Olympics in The 74 KG freestyle competition by winning a bronze medal in last year’s World championship to qualify for the Olympics, is all set to miss his dream of playing in Olympics 2016.
Meanwhile responding to his situation Narsingh says that he has strong reason to believe that his food or water has been spiked in order to frame him. Speaking to the Media Narsingh had this so say
I believe that there is foul play involved in this entire episode. Someone has sabotaged my food supplements and water intake. I take pride in the fact that I have competed in every competition, international and domestic, in an honest, fair and transparent manner and I will continue to do so. I am a responsible athlete with an understanding of the country’s expectations and hopes on me. I would never dream of betraying that hope
Interestingly, Narsingh was selected for the Rio Olympics in controversial circumstances as double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar had also staked his claim to represent the country in 74kg freestyle.However both the WFI and Delhi high court rejected the Plea of Sushil Kumar.
Sushil who has not spoken about this incident tweeted this just few hours earlier
Respect is to be earned not demanded. सम्मान उनके लिए होता है जो इसे कमाते हैं उनके लिए नहीं जो इसे मांगते हैं l Jai Hind!!
— Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) July 24, 2016
And this looks like a hidden pot shot taken by the 2 time Medalist against Narsingh yadav.