Indian wrestler and medal hopeful Narsingh Yadav has been ousted from the Olympics after failing the dope test conducted on an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
What has added more to the heartbreak is a four-year ban handed to him by WADA, after the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) overturned the clean chit given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had appealed against the NADA’s all-clear to Narsingh at CAS, three days ahead of his scheduled opening bout at the Olympics.
“The parties were informed that the application was upheld, that Narsingh Yadav was sanctioned with a four-year ineligibility period starting today,” CAS said in a statement after the hearing, which lasted four hours last night.
“Furthermore, all competitive results obtained by Narsingh Yadav from and including 25 June 2016 shall be disqualified, with all resulting consequences (including forfeiture of medals, points and prizes),” the release added.
During the hearing, the CAS panel also rejected his argument that he was the victim of sabotage and noted that there was “no evidence that he bore no fault, nor that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional”.
The verdict marked a painful end to the sordid controversy which began with the wrestler failing a June 25 test.