New Delhi: Soon after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) decided to appeal against the clean chit given to Narsingh Yadav by NADA in a dope scandal, Sushil Kumar threw his weight behind the beleaguered Indian wrestler.
Sushil, who is India's only two-time Olympic medalist, took to Twitter to back his fellow wrestler during the tough phase.
— Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) August 16, 2016
“WADA has appealed against the NADA clearance in Court of Arbitration (CAS). Now, the hearing is on and the IOA Secretary General [Rajeev Mehta] is there with WADA officials,” Indian contingent’s chef-de-mission Rakesh Gupta told PTI.
Narsingh was supposed to begin his campaign on August 19 but now faces the prospect of a career-ending four-year ban if the CAS upholds WADA’s appeal. He had tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid — Methandienone — in tests conducted on June 25.
The World Championships bronze-medallist had claimed that he was victim of a conspiracy by rivals, a theory that was accepted by NADA which exonerated him after an appeal.
(With PTI inputs)