Russia has called for a ban on Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s entry into the Olympics. Yadav has been included in the official list for the Indian Olympic camp after weeks of legal tussle. Yadav will compete in the 74kg freestyle after he was cleared by the National Anti Doping Association. Russia has called the Indian’s entry into the Olympics as a “backdoor entry”. The Russians in an interview with india Today said that it is unfair to let Narsingh Yadav to participate in the Olympics, whereas Russian wrestlers were banned on the basis of offences committed in the past.
The opined that Narsingh Yadav is a dope offender, irrespective of the sabotage. They feel that the WADA should view the matter with utter strictness and challenge NADA’s verdict immediately. Alxendar Zhukov, the head of the Russian delegation went on record saying that Russia is the most dope tested team in the Olympics with all of its athletes (271) are the cleanest.
Russia has had a bad experience with doping as 118 of its athletes from the original contingent have been barred. In the 74kg category freestyle, Russia’s Aniuar Geduev presents a strong contention for medal along with Jordan Burroughs from the United States of America, who had won the gold at the Winter Olympics of London 2012.