Narsingh Yadav provisionally suspended from going to Rio Olympics: Sports Minister Vijay Goel
As of now, 119 athletes will represent India in the upcoming Olympics.
More than twenty-four hours after the news first came to the fore, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel has finally spoken up on the matter involving wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s failed dope test.
It was learnt that both of Narsingh’s samples A and B were found to contain high amounts of the prohibited anabolic steroid methandienone when the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted their tests earlier this month.
Mr. Goel shared that the national body has stayed true to its allegiance to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) by exercising complete transparency with regard to the testing process of the country’s athletes. In order to prevent further embarrassment due to an Olympian getting routed back from the event’s venue owing to such a violation, it would be best to resolve the issue at home with a proper investigation so as to leave no stone unturned on our part.
Until the NADA panel clears Narsingh of the currently standing charges, the Ministry, therefore, has decided to provisionally suspend the wrestler from the Olympic-bound Indian team. Should the ongoing probe end in Narsingh’s favour and exonerate him, he would be free to join his compatriots for the Rio Olympics campaign.
Wrestler #NarsinghYadav is under provisional suspension, so 119 athletes will represent India in Olympics, PTI quotes Sports minister— Times of India (@timesofindia) July 25, 2016
The minister further added that Yadav is a glittering medal prospect for India at this year’s Games and he still remains hopeful that the final hearing will find him innocent which would relieve him of the blazing accusations.