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Narsingh Yadav’s Olympic dream destroyed after 4-year doping ban by CAS

Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav slapped four-year doping ban from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The court rejected the appeal by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) against the clean chit awarded to Narsingh Yadav in a doping case.

Narsingh Yadav’s name had appeared in the official Olympic schedule after he underwent the mandatory weigh-in. But late in the evening, a call changed everything, The CAS body had set aside the decision of the Indian anti-doping body, NADA, and slapped a four-year ban on Yadav. He was to take on France’s Zelimkhan Khadjiev in the qualification round but the CAS verdict has dashed all his hopes, not only Narsingh’s Olympic dream, but his career is also in danger with 4 year ban.

“WADA filed an urgent application before the CAS ad hoc Division to challenge the decision of NADA India to exonerate Narsingh Yadav following two positive anti-doping tests with methandienone on 25 June and 5 July 2016. The athlete asserted that he was the victim of sabotage (food/drink tampering) by another person. WADA requested that a 4-year period of ineligibility be imposed on the athlete,” the CAS said in a statement.

After this ban now, Narsing Yadav will be forced to vacate his room on the Games Village on Friday morning.

The National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) had cleared Narsingh of all charges of doping in the beginning of this month, but WADA appealed against the wrestler’s clean chit only three days before his bout. India’s Rio Olympics chef de mission, Rakesh Gupta, said Narsingh will now return to India. “We were hopeful after the first hearing, but CAS has upheld WADA’s appeal and now Narsingh will go back instead of participating,” Gupta said.

The Wrestling Federation of India didn’t even have the time to fly down their lawyer to the venue of the hearing. The lawyer had to attend the hearing through teleconferencing.

According to a PTI report, the CAS ruling not only bans Yadav from competitive sports for four years but also disqualifies all competitive results obtained by him from and including 25 June 2016 onwards, “with all resulting consequences including forfeiture of medals, points and prizes”.

The news has come as a shock to the entire country as Narsingh Yadav was one of the medal contenders in Rio olympic 2016.

Days before the Olympics, Narsingh Yadav was cleared of doping charges by the NADA who said the wrestler was indeed a victim of ‘sabotage’ and deserved the benefit of doubt. However, his hopes were dealt a massive blow when WADA challenged the NADA’s decision and moved the CAS amid speculation that the wrestler may face a ban up to four years.

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