Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav has tested positive for banned substances. Both his ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples were found to contain methandienone, a banned steroid. The wrestler’s ‘A’ sample was collected by National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) on 5th July as part of a random test. After the sample tested positive the ‘B’ sample was collected.
This puts the Rio bound wrestlers Olympics eligibility in turmoil. He had to go through a legal battle against Sushil Kumar who also wanted to represent India in the 74 kg category but the court upheld Narsingh’s selection. At the moment, Narsingh will not be travelling to Georgia with other Indian wrestlers for the scheduled training session.
After the test results were confirmed, Narsingh said, “This is a conspiracy against me. I am sure the truth will come out. I have never taken any banned substance. I know Indian Olympic Association will support me.” Currently Narsingh is facing a disciplinary panel. In case the paper works are not completed in time and he found clean, Narsingh will not be a part of the Indian Olympics contingent.
Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has already recalled the Olympics accreditation card from the wrestler. This situation, however, does not offer any opportunity to Sushil Kumar as replacements are not allowed for athletes who fail dope tests. The last date for entry submission was in 18th July so if Narsingh Yadav cannot join the Rio team, India will not field a wrestler in the 74kg category.
Meanwhile, Sushil Kumar posted this picture with an intriguing message on Twitter and Instagram shortly after the news broke out. Make what you want to of it: