The ruling by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) leading to the ban of 4 years for wrestler Narsingh Yadav has torn the credibility of the NADA and the manner in which it had decided his case of doping and judged him of being a victim of sabotage.
The ruling by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) leading to the ban of 4 years for wrestler Narsingh Yadav has torn the credibility of the NADA and the manner in which it had decided his case of doping and judged him of being a victim of sabotage. The 3 member panel of the CAS stated that Narsingh had intentionally consumed 1 or 2 tablets of methandienone. The report suggested that Narsingh Yadav’s extremely high readings in the doping test prove that there was no powder mixed with his drinks and that he had to have consumed tablets physically. The panel also said that since methandienone doesn’t dissolve in water, it would have been clearly visible if Yadav had taken it in the form of drinks, thus ruling out his sabotage story. The panel said that the sabotage theory was possible but not probable and did not have concrete evidence.
Earlier on August 1, a 3 member panel of the NADA led by Naveen Agarwal had accepted Narsingh’s theory and gave him a clean chit due to his clean past and the varying amount of drugs found in his tests. The NADA panel had said that the wrestler was not at fault for taking care of his food and water. Yadav’s sabotage theory had gained momentum way before the NADA hearing. Right after his failed dope test, the Wrestling Federation of India’s (WFI) chief, Brijbhusan Saran said that there was clear evidence that Yadav was framed. Even the complete findings of the NADA panel on Yadav’s case has not been made public.
The CAS hearing, that happened last week was questioned of its jurisdiction by NADA. The CAS panel was primarily set up for the Rio Olympics 2016.NADA also argued that it should have been let to appeal before the WADA and that the dope test on Yadav was unrelated to the Rio Olympics. But the WADA in its defence said that the NADA could have appealed before August 13. It also dismissed NADA’s claim that the dope test was not related to the Olympics and said that the NADA cleared Yadav on August 1 so that he could participate in the Olympics.