Dramatic turn-around, wrestler Narsingh Yadav cleared by NADA
In yet another dramatic twist to the Narsingh Yadav doping saga, the NADA while hearing his case gave him the benefit of doubt and cleared him. Now will it be a ticket for Rio 2016 only time will tell
In dramatic turn of fortunes, wrestler Narsingh Yadav , who has been in the eye of a storm after dope allegations has been cleared of doping charges. The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), which delivered its verdict on the doping scandal after keeping the wrestler on the edge finally ruled that he was not guilty of consuming anabolic steroids.
The NADA disciplinary panel ruled that it was a case of sabotage and Narsingh was unaware of the banned substance.
"The panel concludes that the athlete deserves the benefit of article 10.4 of the anti-coping rules of NADA 2015. There is no fault or negligence on the athlete's part and he is a victim of sabotage," NADA director general, Navin Agarwal, told reporters while reading out the verdict.
The 26-year-old was one of India's top medal hopes but a sample collected on June 25 tested positive for traces of a banned anabolic steroid. Narsingh faced a four-year ban as per the new rules for doping offences.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) had earlier replaced Narsingh with Parveen Rana in the 74-kg event at the Rio Olympics.
The big question now is Will Narsingh be finally be able to represent India at Rio Olympics 2016?. The wrestling events at Rio begins on August 14.