New Delhi: Hopes of the Indian wrestler, Narsingh Yadav to win an Olympic medal shattered after he was ousted from the game and along with this slapped a four year ban for failing a dope test. The ban has been imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) which did not accept the clean chit given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency.
This comes after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appeal to the CAS against the clean chit given to Narsingh by NADA.
Yadav who is broken by the decision, in his statement to a daily said, “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. 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, but I will do everything it takes to prove my innocence. It is all I have left to fight for.”
Also, JSW Sports which has worked with the wrestler for years now, came forth in his support and thereby once again issued a statement in support of Yadav.
A source close to JSW Sport said, “JSW Sports is deeply disappointed at the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in handing wrestler Narsingh Yadav a four-year ban following an appeal by WADA. Narsingh is, first and foremost, an athlete of India who we at JSW Sports proudly support and will continue doing so. Ever since he has earned a berth to represent the country at the Olympic Games, Narsingh has been put through an ordeal that no athlete should have to ever go through. JSW Sports strongly believes in Narsingh’s innocence and will stand by the wrestler in doing everything to fight for justice. We will be pressing for a review of the decision that WADA would be amenable to if further evidence is found pertaining to sabotage.”
This controversy began after the 27-year-old failed a dope test on June 25. The sportsman called it a conspiracy against him by his rivals.