In the middle of the controversy surrounding fellow Narsingh Yadav and his eviction from Rio, Yogeshwar will be trying hard not to let the episode affect him. Yogeshwar was in the village when Narsingh was handed a 4-year suspension by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) for failing a dope test after WADA challenged the clean chit given to him by NADA. He has been very vocal of his support from Narsingh and was in fact, present in the same building of the Games village.
Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has extended his best wishes to Yogeshwar. “We have been friends since childhood. All my best wishes are with Yogeshwar. I hope he wins the gold medal. The entire nation is standing behind him,” Sushil told ANI.Yogeshwar’s road to Rio Olympics hasn’t been the easiest. He’s had to recover from three surgeries in 2015 to book a ticket to the Brazilian capital city. Provided he ends up with a medal, it will be the second time in history of India that an athlete from the country has had a podium finish in back-to-back Olympics. In India’s final event of Olympics, Yogeshwar will be in for a challenging task when he faces world champion Frank Chamizo of Italy and Russia’s Soslan Ramonov on Sunday.