Dop­ing row: NADA ver­dict on wrestler Nars­ingh Ya­dav de­ferred to Mon­day

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The fort­night-long dop­ing saga of the Rio Olympics­bound wrestler Nars­ingh Ya­dav headed to­wards a fi­nal de­ci­sion on Satur­day af­ter a marathon hear­ing by the Na­tional An­tidop­ing Agency (NADA) at its of­fice here.

How­ever, the na­tional an­tidop­ing body will an­nounce its de­ci­sion only by Mon­day af­ter­noon as there were a num­ber of doc­u­ments that will have to be gone through, NADA di­rec­tor gen­eral, Navin Agar­wal, told the me­dia.

It was a long day for ev­ery­one fol­low­ing the de­vel­op­ments.

Nars­ingh, ac­com­pa­nied by his lawyer, Vidush­pat Sing­ha­nia, and Ra­mad­har Ya­dav, who is rep­re­sent­ing the sports man­age­ment com­pany JSW, which is sup­port­ing his train­ing along with the govern­ment, ar­rived at the NADA of­fice around 5.30 pm. They were clos­eted with the an­tidop­ing panel for around four hours.

The wrestler looked grim as he walked out around 9.30 pm, but broke into a smile on see­ing the wait­ing me­dia. “I’m go­ing to come back again later,” he said be­fore leav­ing.

The NADA of­fi­cials were ini­tially ex­pected to pro­nounce their ver­dict on Satur­day night. The Wrestling Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia (WFI) had also sched­uled a late night me­dia con­fer­ence, once the NADA gave its ver­dict.

The fed­er­a­tion’s as­sis­tant sec­re­tary, Vinod To­mar, was with the NADA panel since noon, al­though Nars­ingh and oth­ers came much later. The NADA lawyer was not present, but Navin Agar­wal was in his of­fice into the night. The news of Nars­ingh re­turn­ing a pos­i­tive test, for an out-of-com­pe­ti­tion sam­ple col­lected on June 25, be­came pub­lic on July 16.

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