Narsingh’s Rio dreams fade after failing in 2nd dope test

RSTV Bureau
FILE | Indian wrestler Narsingh Pancham (Left) wrestles Japanese wrestler Daisuke Shimada during the quarter final round in the 74 kilogram freestyle at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha. Photo: AP/PTI

FILE | Indian wrestler Narsingh Pancham (Left) wrestles Japanese wrestler Daisuke Shimada during the quarter final round in the 74 kilogram freestyle at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Doha.
Photo: AP/PTI

Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s dreams of representing India at Rio Olympic have come to an end on Wednesday after information relating to his second dope test came out.  Yadav, who is already under provisional suspension for failing a June 25 dope, has failed in a fresh second test conducted on him on July 5.

“It’s the same substance that was found in the first test. It was unlikely that it would go out of the system,” said a Wrestling Federation of Indian official.

A banned anabolic steroid Methandienone was found in Yadav’s body when National Anty Doping Authority conducted tests on him. However Narsingh maintain his earlier stand saying that he has been framed in the scandal by rivals, who, he alleged, spiked his food supplements and meals.

Narsngh has registered a case at the Sonepat Police Station naming two fellow wrestlers, one of them a 17-year-old, and persisted with his demand for a CBI probe into the scandal that has sent shockwaves into the Indian sporting fraternity.

“I have always maintained that there has been a conspiracy against me. If I am cleared of the charges, I will go to Rio. I have identified the boy who was seen contaminating my food. I have given a detailed complaint to the police,” Narsingh told reporters after filing his complaint.

Government said that the final report of the panel probing wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s doping controversy will come in the next two days till when he will remain under provisional suspension

File  photo of Wrestler Praveen Rana. Photo-PTI

File photo of Wrestler Praveen Rana.
Photo-PTI

The panel setup by National Anti-Doping Agency has said that they will examine every element relating to the controversy and investigate all players under suspicion.

“Will look into it when matter put forward with strong facts, NADA Panel will give final decision in two days,” said Sports Minister Vijay Goel.

On July 23, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) Director General Navin Agarwal said Narsingh had tested positive for a banned substance and he appeared before a NADA disciplinary panel on where methandienone — a banned anabolic steroid was found during the test.

“Yes, he (Narsingh) tested positive for a banned steroid. His B sample was also found to be positive. Narsingh was personally present when his B sample was opened,” said NADA DG announcing dope test results.

Narsingh, on his part, claimed innocence, saying that the scandal was a conspiracy against him.

Mean while World Wrestling Federation has nominated Parveen Rana as Narsingh’s replacement in the 74kg category and it has been approved by United World Wrestling.

“Praveen Rana’s name has been sent and accepted too,” said Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh who is the president of WFI.

Freestyle wrestler Rana had earlier won a gold medal in the 74kg category at the Dave Schultz Memorial wrestling tournament in USA in 2014.

“His name is sent as date of replacement was given as July 25 and that’s why the name is sent to the world body. We would still hope Narsingh is proved innocent and goes to Rio,” WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said.

The Maharashtra wrestler had been picked over two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar after he won the quota place with a bronze medal in last year’s World Championships.

Narsingh’s doping controversy rocked the parliament on Wednesday. Congress party raised the matter in both the houses.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha Congress MP Pramod Tiwari demanded a probe if wrestler Narsingh Yadav and two other athletes were found to have been given banned drug-spiked food without their knowledge.

“If the banned substance was consumed by the athlete unknowingly, then he should be given a fair chance to represent. But if he did it knowingly, then he should be punished, ” said Tiwari.

Saying that it is an important issue, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said “If there is a conspiracy, it needs to be investigated.”

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said he will make the concerned minister aware of the feelings of the House.

Lok Sabha members too joined the congress in seeking government’s action.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs S S Ahluwalia to assure the House that he would ask the government to make a statement on the issue.