Rio-bound In­dian wrestler fails dop­ing test

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

IN­DIAN wrestler Nars­ingh Ya­dav has failed a drugs test, the coun­try’s anti-dop­ing agency said yes­ter­day, rais­ing doubts about his in­clu­sion in the Olympic squad less than two weeks be­fore the Rio Games be­gin.

Ya­dav, a Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­list, qual­i­fied for next month’s Olympics in the 74-kilo­gram freestyle cat­e­gory, but tested pos­i­tive for a banned steroid dur­ing rou­tine test­ing.

A sub­se­quent sam­ple known as a B-sam­ple was also found to be pos­i­tive.

“Nars­ingh was per­son­ally present when his B sam­ple was opened,” Na­tional Anti-Dop­ing Agency di­rec­tor gen­eral Navin Agar­wal told the Press Trust of In­dia news agency.

“He ap­peared be­fore a dis­ci­plinary panel yes­ter­day [July 23]. The panel sought more re­ports re­gard­ing the mat­ter,” Agar­wal said.

Agar­wal said a de­ci­sion had not yet been made on re­mov­ing the 26-year-old from the Rio-bound squad, adding it was “too early to com­ment”.

“We will try to com­plete the whole thing quickly.”

Fur­ther hear­ings would be held into the case, the gov­ern­ment said in a state­ment, con­firm­ing the pos­i­tive test but not nam­ing Ya­dav.

There was no im­me­di­ate com­ment from Ya­dav, the son of a milk ven­dor, who won gold at the Com­mon­wealth Games in 2010 but came home emp­ty­handed from the Lon­don Olympics two years later.

The news could open the door for cham­pion wrestler Sushil Ku­mar, In­dia’s most suc­cess­ful in­di­vid­ual Olympian.

Ku­mar failed to qual­ify for Rio de­spite win­ning bronze at the 2008 Bei­jing Games and sil­ver in Lon­don, both in the 66-kilo­gram freestyle cat­e­gory.

Ku­mar launched a le­gal bat­tle to win the right to com­pete against Ya­dav for the sole spot in the In­dian squad for the 74-kilo­gram cat­e­gory, af­ter his 66-kilo­gram favourite event was axed.

But Delhi’s High Court last month sided with the In­ter­na­tional Wrestling Fed­er­a­tion which ruled that Ya­dav, a 2015 world cham­pi­onship bronze medal­list, had al­ready qual­i­fied. The Olympics start on Au­gust 5.

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