Olympic Dream Over: Indian wrestler Narsingh fails the dope test

Sudipta / 24 July 2016

With just 10 days left for Rio Olympics 2016, a heartbreaking and irritating news came as Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav fails the dope Test conducted by the NADA. Narsingh was about to contest in 74 kg freestyle  wrestling competition of the Olympic.

Barely 10 days before the start of the Olympics, India suffered a huge embarrassment as 74kg freestyle wrestler Narsingh Yadav failed a dope test conducted by NADA, a development which has cast doubt on his participation in Rio Games.

National Anti-Doping Director General Navin Agarwal confirmed that Narsingh’s “B” sample also tested positive for a banned steroid and he appeared before a NADA disciplinary panel yesterday.

NADA  also confirmed that his failure to pass the dope test also cast a shadow over his Olympic participation.

“Yes, 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 Sunday.

“He appeared before a disciplinary panel yesterday. 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,” he added.

When asked whether Narsingh will miss the Rio Olympic, Agarwal said, “It is too early to comment in that regard. We will try to complete the whole thing quickly. I cannot speculate on that.”

Interestingly, Narsingh was selected over double Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar in controversial circumstances as Sushil also wants to represent his country in a 74 kg freestyle category.  His appeal created a debate across the Indian sports fraternity.

But Narsingh had earned the Olympic berth in the World Championships last year Narsingh had to fight a lengthy legal battle with two-times Olympic medalist Sushil, also in the same category, to get the chance to compete for India at the Olympic.