PM Modi assures wrestler Narsingh Yadav ahead of Rio

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New Delhi: Wrestler Narsingh Yadav arrives at NADA office in New Delhi on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: Wrestler Narsingh Yadav arrives at NADA office in New Delhi on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
Photo: PTI

A day after wrestler Narsingh Yadav was cleared by the National Anti-doping Agency (NADA), he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek his blessings.

Yadav will now head to Rio for the Summer Olympics to participate in the 74 kg freestyle category. Yadav was in the eye of a storm after he tested positive for banned substances. Yadav cried conspiracy and had said that there was an attempt to sabotage his Rio stint.

On Tuesday morning, Yadav met PM Modi at his office in Parliament. The Prime Minister is said to have assured him that no injustice will be done to him and that he should focus on the sport and win medals for India.

“The Prime Minister gave his best wishes to me and asked me to be carefree and participate in Olympics without any tension. He asked me to focus on winning medals for the country. He also assured me that no injustice will be done to me,” Yadav said after the meeting.

“I am thankful that the Prime Minister has met me and supported me. I am thankful to people for supporting me. I hope to live up to their expectations. I am also thankful for the support of the Wrestling Federation and the media for standing by me,” the wrestler added.

Yadav had alleged conspiracy after he failed a dope test on June 25. He tested positive for anabolic steroid methandienone. Yadav had alleged that his food was spiked by someone who didn’t want him to participate in Rio Olympics.

To Yadav’s relief the wrestling federation put his weight behind him and believed in his innocence.

“This should not happen to any player, otherwise they will stop taking interest in sports,” Yadav said while recounting the mess.

On Monday evening, NADA exonerated Yadav of doping charges and concluded that he was a victim of sabotage. This paved the way for his participation in the Olympics.

Wrestling Federation of India’s President Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, who is also a BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh had accompanied Yadav during his meeting with the Prime Minister.

“The Prime Minister asked Narsingh not to take any tension and play freely and focus on winning laurels for the country,” said WFI President to the media.

(With inputs from PTI)