News Flash

Athletes signed-off from Rio Olympics with a glittering closing ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.    

Narsingh Yadav doping row: NADA hearing concludes, judgement either on Saturday or Monday

If the verdict goes against him, the Mumbai-based wrestler could well serve a 4-year ban.

Last Updated: Friday, July 29, 2016 - 13:49
Narsingh Yadav doping row: NADA hearing concludes, judgement either on Saturday or Monday
Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The much anticipated National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) hearing on the doping controversy surrounding Narsingh Pancham Yadav concluded on Thursday in Delhi with the panel snubbing wrestler's conspiracy theory. But the judgement is expected to come out either on Saturday or Monday.

The hearing to the 26-year-old's doping case started yesterday at NADA office in Delhi. NADA lawyer Gaurang Kanth, confirming the conclusion of the hearing, said that the a judgement will come out either on Saturday or Monday.

Kanth, sharing NADA's argument, revealed what happened during the hearing. He said that Narsingh's defence failed to established how the substance entered the wrestler's body.

According to Kanth, NADA also objected to Narsingh's plea for remission as the wrestler's claim that he is under no fault and was negligent is not correct and do not not hold any ground.

Narsingh, who earned India's quota place in men's 74kg freestyle category for 2016 Rio Olympics, tested positive for banned substance metadienone during a test conducted by NADA on June 25. He ran into further trouble on Wednesday after it was announced that a second test conducted on July 5 has also returned a positive result.

He has since been provisionally suspended, and the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) replaced him with Parveen Rana.

But earlier today, the Indian Olympic Association said that there will be no objection to the wrestler going  to Rio if NADA clears him.

The wrestler had alleged foul play and accused a fellow wrestler, a coach and a Sports Authority of India administrator of conspiring against him.

With eight days to the start of the Games, and today's negative remarks from the NADA panel, it's very unlikely for the 2014 Commonwealth Gold medallist to travel to Rio.

Besides, if the verdict goes against him, the Mumbai-based wrestler could well serve a 4-year ban, as is the prevalent norm under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.

And as things stand today, Rana is still India's pick for the Games.

First Published: Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 19:31

comments powered by Disqus

Medal Tally

Full Medal Tally