Narsingh Yadav cleared to participate in Rio Olympics

Prince Singh / 19 August 2016

Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav has been finally given the green light to compete in the Rio Olympics. According to reports, he is all set to kick-start his 74kg campaign against French wrestler Zelimkhan Khadjiev.

The wrestler, who bagged the quota with a bronze medal finish at last year’s World Championships, was cleared by World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) in a hearing that took place today (August 18) at Rio De Janeiro.

“This was an open and shut case, Narsingh was always cleared, a delay from NADA’s end saw WADA appeal late. Hence it got very close to the bout, but we were confident Narsingh would be cleared as I had told you. Hence we didn’t update him about the case either. We made sure he concentrated on his game and all turned out well,” confirmed one of the WFI officials.

Rakesh Gupta, the Indian Chef de Mission, expressed his disappointment over the delay in the decision and earlier informed that Narsingh will be coming to the wrestling arena at the Olympic Park for the weighing session at noon on Thursday.

“It’s unfortunate that the WADA chose to appeal so late against a decision by the National Anti-Doping Agency in India to allow Narsingh to enter the competition,” Gupta told reporters in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday night.

“Narsingh had come in Rio de Janeiro only following NADA’s clearance and the IOC and United World Wrestling’s approval. We then approached the Rio Olympic Organising Committee and filled in his entry form after they gave the green light. Now, we have to wait and see what happens at the hearing at CAS,” Gupta said. Gupta said that he was confident of Narsingh getting the clearance.

Narsingh first returned positive for a banned steroid after a test on 25 June by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). But NADA freed  him of all the  charges by saying that the wrestler was was a victim of sabotage done by a competitor.

Earlier he had to fight a legal case against Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar to participate in Rio. Now that he is free of all the charges we surely hope that he gives his best in the games.

The wrestler will open his campaign on Friday, 19 August.

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