Indian Rio-bound wrestler Narsingh Yadav got clean chit at the NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency) hearing today. The wrestlers A sample and B sample was found to contain banned anabolic steroid methandienone. After the test results came out, Narsingh maintained that he was innocent and claimed conspiracy against him.
The story evolved with many twists and turns as one of the cooks at the facility claimed to have identified a young wrestler who added something to the wrestlers’ food. The fact that Narsingh’s room partner also had the steroid in his blood stream raised suspicion. Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel maintained that Narsingh was a victim of conspiracy through out the saga.
Last week Narsingh appeared before the Nada panel and the verdict was to be released today. In their verdict, the NADA panel declared that the wrestler was indeed victim of foul-play and there was not negligence in his part. This verdict clears the way for Narsingh to join the Indian contingent at the Olympics. India had already named Pravin Rana as a replacement but under this verdict, Narsingh will be carrying the Indian tri-color at the 2016 Rio Olympics.