Narsingh Yadav's Olympic fate will be known on Thursday after the National Anti-Doping Agency's disciplinary panel adjourned its hearing on the dope scandal surrounding the wrestler even as he failed a second dope test and lodged a police complaint against two fellow grapplers. In a hearing which lasted three and half hours, Narsingh and his battery of lawyers presented their case in front of the NADA committee, which will pronounce its verdict on Thursday.
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Narsingh Yadav, a 74 kg freestyle wrestler, failed a second dope test conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on July 5. He had earlier failed a test carried out on June 25. He was a top medal contender at Rio Olympics.
Narsingh's chances of competing in Rio now looks bleak after failing the second test. The NADA panel heard Narsingh's lawyers on Wednesday and is expected to reach a decision by Thursday evening.
Narsingh had tested positive for banned anabolic steroid - methandienone. If Narsingh does not get the green signal from NADA, Parveen Rana has already been named as his replacement.
Sushil Kumar, in same weight category as Narsingh, was also vying for a spot in Rio team. But Narsingh was given preference over the two-time Olympics medallist because it was he who won the quota place for Rio, while Sushil was injured for most part of the season.
The 2015 World Championship bronze medallist alleges that a 17-year-old wrestler contaminated his food at the SAI Centre in Sonepat. Though the food supplement which Narsingh was taking has subsequently been found to be clean.
First Published: Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 12:21 AM