Wrestler Narsingh Pancham Yadav’s dream to compete in the Summer Olympics 2016 and win a medal for India were quashed on Thursday after a crucial verdict by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) over allegations of doping against him was announced.
In its verdict, the CAS overturned the clean chit given to the 74kg category grappler by the National Anti-Doping Agency regarding the two positive anti-doping tests with methandienone, a banned anabolic steroid, on June 25 and July 5 this year. Following Thursday’s verdict, a four year ban has been imposed on Yadav and he has been disqualified from competing in the Olympics 2016.
An appeal against the NADA’s ‘all-clear’ to the embattled wrestler was submitted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) at the ad-hoc division of the CAS at Rio on Tuesday. Yadav was scheduled to contest in the qualifications round of 74kg category on Friday.
Since the doping charges were pressed on him, Yadav had maintained that the dope-tests done on him on June 25 was part of a conspiracy by rivals who spiked his food and drinks.
“To say I am devastated at the decision of CAS would be putting it mildly. I have gone through so much over the last two months off the mat but the thought of fighting for the glory of the nation at the Games had kept me going,” Yadav said in a statement issued by his sponsors JSW Sports in Rio.
Further, while expressing his dismay over the four-year ban , the Indian wrestler added: “My dream of competing and winning the country a medal at the Rio Olympics has been cruelly snatched away from me twelve hours before my first bout.”
He vowed to prove his innocence and said: “But I will do everything it takes to prove my innocence. It is all I have left to fight for.”