New Delhi: The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on Monday cleared Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav of the doping charges.
In its final verdict, the panel agreed that the Mumbai-based grappler was a victim of sabotage and that there was a conspiracy to dent his chances for the prestigious event.
After securing the clean chit from NADA, Narsingh thanked PM Narendra Modi helping him get justice.
Narsingh met Mr. Modi today after the parliamentary party meet.
“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,” DG Naveen Agarwal said while reading out the verdict.
“The panel concludes that the athlete deserves the benefit of article 10.4 of the NADA’s anti-doping code. Keeping in view that he was the victim of sabotage, the panel exonerates the athlete from charges of anti-doping rules of NADA.
Agarwal said the sample collected on July 5 had substantially lower content of the banned substance than the one taken on June 25.
A relieved Narsingh said he is eager to go to the Olympics now and win a medal for the country.
“I am very happy and I am hopeful of winning a medal at the Olympics. Truth has won. It is a huge win,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)