In a dramatic turn of events, wrestler Narsingh Yadav+ was on Monday cleared of any wrongdoing by a National Anti-Doping Agency panel, paving his way+ for participation in the Rio Olympics. Yadav, whose samples taken on June 25 and July 5 had tested positive+ for a banned steroid, convinced the panel that he was a victim of ” sabotage+ “.
& wl always support fellow wrestlers”There is no fault or negligence on his part and he is a victim of sabotage by a competitor…. The panel exonerates the athlete from charges of violating anti-doping rules,” Nada chief Navin Agarwal announced to a huge cheer from Narsingh’s supporters.”I hope this matter doesn’t get suppressed+ …The real culprit should be brought to book,” the wrestler told TOI. The NADA panel members are lawyers, former sportspersons and medicine experts.If the doping offence had been upheld, Narsingh was staring at a four-year ban. His blood samples were found negative but urine sample had contained methandienone, an anabolic steroid. Since the samples collected on different days contained the same banned substance and as Narsingh was not notified about his first sample testing positive before the second sample was taken, as per the WADA rules, the two positive tests were considered as one infringement.Narsingh supporters+ had gathered at the NADA office in Pragati Vihar, central Delhi, in large numbers to extend their support to the beleaguered wrestler. They celebrated the development by distributing ladoos while garlanding the wrestler and chanting “Narsingh zindabad”.”I am happy to come out of it. It has been a very tough time. I thank everyone for the support. I am happy that justice has prevailed,” Narsingh said later. “I have been practising hard and will try to win a medal in Olympics to repay the love of people who supported me in these testing times.”While Narsingh+ did not contest the anti-doping violation, he maintained that he was a victim of a sabotage. Under World Anti-Doping Agency rule 10.4, to escape the ban, Narsingh had to establish how the substance entered his body and show that it was not intended to enhance his performance. He also had to prove that the timing of ingestion would not have benefitted him. Further he also had to ensure that he was not at fault for the doping offence.The wrestler’s lawyer said Narsingh will undergo a “reinstatement test before leaving for Olympics”, a requirement for any athlete who has had an adverse analytical finding. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), which had named Parveen Rana+ as a replacement in a bid to retain the 74kg berth, said it will be writing to the world wrestling body as well as the Olympic organisers to give the berth back to Narsingh.CHANDIGARH: Narsingh Yadav said that the ‘real culprit’ behind the doping mess shouldn’t be let go scot-free. “Right from the first day, I have had faith that I would be cleared. I have always competed in a fair and honest manner,” the 74kg freestyle wrestler said.”But I hope that this matter doesn’t relegated to police files only. The real culprit, who has been behind this whole doping mess, should be brought to book. Let me make it clear that I am not pointing finger at any particular person. All I am saying is that the culprit should not go scot-free.VARANASI: Clean chit to Narsingh Yadav brought jubilation to his parents in Neema Mureri, his parental village in Cholapur area in the district. They profusely thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the help he rendered in this connection. ” Hum Modi ji ke abhari hain ki unhone humare bete ko insaf dilaya. Hum khel mantri ko bh iske liye dhanyavad dete hain (We are thankful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he ensured justice for our son. We are also thankful to the sports minister),” said Narsingh’s father Pancham Yadav.