In a big blow to India’s Olympic medal hopes and and taint on Indian sports just days ahead of Rio Olympics 2016 ace wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who figures in the 74 kg category, has failed a dope test. The scandal means that he is out of the Rio Olympics.
The National Anti-Doping Agency conducted a random dope test on Yadav on July 5 at the Sports Authority of India’s regional centre in Sonepat. The report of his ‘A’ sample test came out positive. Later, he was called for his ‘B’ sample test, which also returned positive.
Before making it to Rio, Narsingh Yadav had to fight a lengthy legal battle with two-time Olympics medallist Sushil Kumar, also in the same category, to get the chance to compete for India at the Olympics. The selection reached the Courts too.
According to media reports , NADA had conducted a random dope test on July 5 at the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) regional centre in Sonepat – where both of Narsingh’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples returned positive.
The wrestler won an Olympic quota place after winning a bronze at the 2015 World Championships. Then after fighting a legal battle with two-time Olympics medallist Sushil Kumar he got the Rio berth in 74kg freestyle category.
Rio Olympics starts from August 5 to 21 in Rio de Janeiro.