NADA to Deliver Verdict on Narsingh’s Case on Saturday or Monday

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) will announce its verdict on Narsingh Yadav’s case on Saturday or Monday.

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 Wrestler Narsingh Yadav arrives at NADA office in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)

The suspense over wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s Olympic participation was prolonged further on Wednesday after the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) deferred its final verdict on the doping scandal surrounding him to Saturday or Monday at the end of a two-day hearing in New Delhi.

A day after Narsingh and his lawyers presented their case on the failed dope test, which according to them, was a conspiracy against the grappler, NADA’s legal team gave its arguments against the sabotage theory before the disciplinary committee.

Hearing has been concluded today. The judgement will come out either on Saturday or Monday. The argument by NADA was that he is not eligible for remission which he has been asking. Narsingh did not produce the relevant circumstantial evidence that there could have been sabotage as had been claimed by them. They filed an affidavit that his drinks or water was spiked but they did not produce the evidence to prove it to satisfy NADA and WADA
Gaurang Kanth, NADA’s lawyer

The wrestler, who has alleged the involvement of fellow grapplers in the conspiracy, has already been replaced by Parveen Rana in the Olympic bound squad but the IOA confirmed on Thursday that Narsingh will be allowed to be reinstated if he gets a favourable verdict from NADA.

Supporters of Wrestler Narsingh Yadav shouts at NADA office l, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)
Supporters of Wrestler Narsingh Yadav shouts at NADA office l, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)

On Wednesday, Narsingh and his battery of lawyers presented their case.

We have put Narsingh’s argument. We have full faith in the NADA panel. We are trying to convince them. We are hopeful he will be exonerated. NADA panel is helpful.
Vidushpat Singhania, Narsingh’s lawyer

On a second successive day of chaos at the NADA headquarters, Narsingh’s supporters shouted slogans demanding justice for him.

The wrestler has also filed a police complaint, implicating two fellow wrestlers. However, his supplements have reportedly been found to be clean.

Narsingh filed an FIR at the Sonepat Police Station naming two fellow wrestlers, one of them a 17-year-old, and persisted with his demand for a CBI probe into the scandal that has sent shockwaves into the Indian sporting fraternity.

Narsingh’s hopes of competing in the Olympics had faded further after the wrestler failed a second dope test which was conducted on him on July 5.

It is learnt that Narsingh, who was already under provisional suspension for failing a June 25 dope test, has also failed the second test done on his ‘A’ sample and refused the ‘B’ sample test.

Narsingh had been picked ahead of two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar after he won the quota place with a bronze medal in the World Championships.

Freestyle wrestler Rana had earlier won a gold medal in the 74kg category at the Dave Schultz Memorial wrestling tournament in USA in 2014.

(With inputs from PTI)

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