India's Narsingh Yadav cleared of doping charges, Rio hopes alive

 01 Aug 2016 - 15:39

India's Narsingh Yadav cleared of doping charges, Rio hopes alive
ndian wrestler Narsingh Yadav (C) arrives at the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) in New Delhi on July 27, 2016. (AFP / SAJJAD HUSSAIN)

 

India's Narsingh Yadav was exonerated of doping charges on Monday after an Indian anti-doping disciplinary panel ruled that there was no fault or negligence on the part of the wrestler and he was a victim of "sabotage".

Yadav, who secured India a berth at the Rio Games in the 74kg category by winning a bronze medal at last year's world championships in Las Vegas, tested positive for a banned steroid last month.

"There is no fault or negligence on the athlete's part and he is a victim of sabotage," National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) director general, Navin Agarwal, told Reuters by phone.

The wrestler had said his supplements and water had been sabotaged..

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) had protectively sent the name of Parveen Rana as replacement for Rio to the United Wrestling Federation but said it would now approach the governing body to allow Yadav to compete at the Olympics.

Reuters