The Central Board of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case in connection with the dope test of wrestler Narsingh Yadav. Prior to the Olympics, the 27-year-old grappler from Varanasi had tested positive for a banned steroid following a dope test in July 2016.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) alongside Narsingh Yadav have maintained that the grappler is a victim of sabotage. Either his food or water was allegedly mixed with banned substance at the Sports Authorities of India (SAI) facilities in Sonepat.
After an investigation, Narsingh Yadav was given a clean chit by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). But, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rejected it and subsequently appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to look into the matter. CAS panel reiterated that the Indian wrestler was not a victim of sabotage as there is no evidence that he bore no fault. He was then banned for 4-years by the CAS on August 18, 2016. The ban resulted in him being ousted from the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Narsingh Pancham Yadav had introduced himself by winning the gold medal in men’s 74-kg freestyle wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. In the same year, the athlete claimed the gold medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships in the Indian capital. Yadav clinched the silver medal at the 2011 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Melbourne. Narsingh bagged the bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. He won the bronze medal at the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha. Narsingh Yadav had also won the bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas. The Indian wrestler had previously qualified for the London 2012 Olympics but exited the sporting extravaganza early.
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