Just 12 Days Before Rio Olympics, Wrestler Narsingh Yadav Tests Positive For Banned Steroid

Wrestler Narsingh Yadav has tested positive for a banned steroid. Both the sample A and sample B of the 26-year-old wrestler tested positive.

Yadav qualified to compete in the upcoming Rio Olympics in the 74 kg freestyle category. The positive results have put his participation at risk.

Yadav faced an anti-doping disciplinary panel on Saturday. The panel has asked National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for further details.


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NADA Director General Navin Agarwal said that Yadav was himself surprised with the positive result. He says that it is too early to say comment on Yadav’s Rio chances.

Agarwal said that he expects the verdict to be out in a week.

Narsingh Yadav’s selection entered a controversy when Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar went to the Delhi High Court demanding a bout between the two to determine who would go to Rio. The court ruled against Kumar.

Meanwhile, Yadav claims that it is a conspiracy against him. “I have never taken any banned substance. I know Indian Olympic Association will support me,” he said.


Following the results, Yadav has been removed by Wrestling Federation of India from the Rio-bound men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestlers who would be travelling for training to Georgia on July 25.


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