WFI backs Narsingh Yadav’s conspiracy theory

RSTV Bureau
File photo of  wrestler Narsingh Yadav  Photo-PTI

File photo of wrestler Narsingh Yadav
Photo-PTI

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has backed the claims of wrestler Narsingh Yadav who failed the dope test for Rio Olympics. The wrestler, whose participation in the Rio Olympic Games is now doubtful, has claimed to be a victim of a malicious conspiracy.

On Monday, the wrestling federation supported Narsingh’s claims and called him innocent.

“The federation believes Narsingh is innocent. Injustice has happened with him and we are hopeful he will get justice. I will try my level best to help Narsingh get out of this problem so that he can represent India in 74kg in the Olympics and win a medal,” said WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

“It is our duty to protect Narsingh and all our wrestlers. Narsingh’s record is clean. He is someone who never shied away from dope tests,” Brij Bhushan added.

Meanwhile, Narsingh himself demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

“There should be a CBI inquiry. The whole episode relating to my selection had gone to court. There was a CID report that my life is under threat. All this makes it clear, I have been framed so that I am stopped from going to Rio…I have given my complaint to the federation in which I have made it clear that something could have been mixed in the food that was prepared at the mess. It is a conspiracy against me,” 26-year-old Narsingh said.

Narsingh tested positive for methandienone – a banned anabolic steroid. He maintained that the substance was mixed in his food by rivals.

Narsingh was entangled in a legal battle with wrestler and Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar for picked to represent India in the Rio Games.

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

Narsingh had bagged the 74kg Olympic quota berth with a bronze last year at the World Championships. Subsequently he was named by the WFU to represent India at the Rio Games.
Sushil Kumar had also staked his claim to represent the country in 74kg freestyle. However, Sushil’s demand for a trial was rejected by both the Federation and the Delhi High Court after a lengthy legal battle.

The WFI now hopes that Narsingh will get a clean chit in the final NADA hearing on Wednesday.

“The NADA committee formed to hear the case will hold its final hearing on Wednesday. I hope they will examine all aspects and on Thursday I hope we will get the clear picture,” Brij Bhushan said.

Even Narsingh is hopeful of making it to Rio.

“I am hopeful that everything will be clear soon. I have got the 100 per cent backing of everyone. I am still hopeful of going to Rio,” said the wrestler.

But as of now Narsingh stands suspended from the Indian squad to Rio.

“Narsingh Yadav is under provisional suspension, so 119 athletes will represent India in Olympics,” said newly appointed Sports Minister Vijay Goel.

Sushil Kumar also reacted to the controversy after Narsingh failed the dope test. He called the incident “unfortunate”.