Rio de Janeiro: Wrestling Federation of India today conceded that it was not being able to convince the Court of Arbitration for Sports’ panel that grappler Narsingh Yadav was a victim of conspiracy and sabotage, and that was why he lost the case and was ejected from the Rio Olympics with a four-year ban.
In a stunning reversal of fortunes, Narsingh was ousted from the Olympics and slapped with a four-year ban for flunking a dope test after the ad hoc division of the CAS overturned the clean chit given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had appealed against the NADA all-clear given to Narsingh at CAS, three days ahead of his scheduled opening bout at the Olympics.
Narsingh had successfully argued before the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel of the NADA earlier this month that his dope positive result was due to sabotage and spiking of his drinks/food with banned substances by another person. WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan said that the CAS panel was adamant to know the reason why any culprit was not punished till now if there was a conspiracy or sabotage in the case.
“From whatever I could understand, they (CAS panel) were asking why the guilty have not been punished till now under Indian judicial sysyem. It’s not just arrest of somebody but they want to know about any punishment (handed to a guilty person). Perhaps, if the guilty was in jail today the decision may have gone in our favour,” he said. “We were probably not being able to convince that there was a conspiracy. We tried but the decision went against us. They (CAS panel) asked why there was no action on the FIR, that there should have been a verdict on that. We said there was a legal procedure in India and there has been an investigation going on, which is yet to be finished. But they said everything should have been finished by now,” he added.
In a stunning reversal of fortunes, wrestler Narsingh was yesterday ousted from the Olympics and slapped with a four-year ban for flunking a dope test after the ad hoc division of the CAS overturned the clean chit given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency. More PTI
For more news updates Follow and Like us on Facebook