The 74kg freestyle wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who had tested positive for a banned steroid during an out of competition check conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and was on the verge of losing out his berth on the Indian Olympic contingent, now can breathe easy. He had filed a case alleging that he is innocent and there was a mischief involved. He said that he was framed and his supplements were spiked with the banned drug.
NADA has finally given him a clean chit and declared that he had tested negative of any steroid since then, and hence was relieved of the doping charges, He will be allowed to participate in Rio Olympics; more so, because it was a national agency that charged him and not international agency WADA.
NADA DG Naveen Agarwal read out a statement clearing Narsingh – “We kept in mind that in the past, till June 2, none of his samples were positive. It was inconceivable that one-time ingestion would be of benefit. Therefore the panel is of the view that the one-time ingestion was not intentional.”
The wrestler who was all ready to fight tooth and nail to prove his innocence tanked people, media and everyone else who supported him.
Olympic medallist, Sushil Kumar who was involved in a legal battle with Narsing over who would be representing India in the 74kg category, welcomed NADA’s decision.
His tweet read – “Bahot Khushi ki baat hain. Mera support pahle bhi thaa, aaj bhi bhain aur kal bhi rahega. Go win for me and the country (sic).”