In a remarkable turn of events, Narsingh Yadav was, on Monday, cleared by National Anti-doping Agency (NADA) to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Olympics 2016. Wrestler Sushil Kumar, with whom Yadav’s rivalry has been in the news, reacted by tweeting. He wrote that he was happy about Yadav’s clearance and added that he has always supported him including today and the support will continue. “Go win for me and the country,” Kumar tweeted. Yadav was exonerated of doping charges, and NADA said that Yadav deserved a benefit of doubt as the wrestler was a victim of ‘sabotage’.
Yadav is to join the Olympics team to participate in the 74-kg category of Men’s freestyle quota. His failing of the dope test, earlier this month had come as a big blow to the Indian Olympics team. The Narsingh-Sushil story hooked India initially on who will be representing India at the Olympics. It was followed subsequently by a dope test failure of the winner between the two. Yadav is being hailed as one of the serious medal contenders for India, while Sushil Kumar, one of the best sportspersons from India, had bagged two medals in the last two Olympics. Yadav made his name with a bronze medal finish in last year’s World Championships. The player had earlier claimed that his food was spiked after which an FIR was filed against two wrestlers.
Earlier, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on Wednesday revealed the names of two junior wrestlers who are alleged to have spiked Narsingh Yadav’s food. Praveen Rana was named Narsigh Yadav’s replacement in NADA had not ruled the decision in Narsinghs favour.
After London Olympics, International Olympic committee, was thinking about dropping wrestling as a sport from the Olympics. After many big changes in the rules, including weight categories, it was decided to keep the sport. That resulted in pitting India’s best wrestlers, Sushil and Narsingh, against each other.