The Wrestling Federation of India has decided to go with Parveen Rana as the replacement for Narsingh Yadav in the 74kg freestyle category at the Rio Olympics, the world wrestling body announced on Tuesday. Narsingh Yadav, who was previously selected to represent India, failed dope test two days ago.
Freestyle wrestler Parveen Rana had earlier won a gold medal in the 74kg category at the Dave Schultz Memorial wrestling tournament in USA in 2014.
The United World Wrestling (UWW) on Tuesday (July 26) released an official statement: “Yadav, who qualified his nation for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro at the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas, has been provisionally suspended by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and is restricted from competing at the Rio Games.”
“The Indian Olympic Association informed United World Wrestling of their desire to enter Parveen Rana as their nation’s replacement at 74kg in men’s freestyle.”
Narsingh Yadav will have a chance to put forward his case in front of the NADA panel. The chances of his suspension being revoked are remote as World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) has zero tolerance towards doping.