“I feel devastated,”says Narsingh Yadav


NEW DELHI: Indian Wrestler Narsingh Yadav dreams to symbolize India in Rio Olympics has been shattered after a verdict of WADA. Narsingh Yadav asserted that he will do everything possible to show his innocence.

On Thursday, Narsingh Yadav was banned for four years for failing dope test. This decision was taken after the ad hoc division of Court of Arbitration for Sports overturned the clean chit given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency.

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"To say I am devastated at the decision of CAS would be putting it mildly. I have gone through so much over the last two months off the mat but the thought of fighting for the glory of the nation at the Games had kept me going. My dream of competing and winning the country a medal at the Rio Olympics has been cruelly snatched away from me twelve hours before my first bout," Narsingh said.

"But I will do everything it takes to prove my innocence. It is all I have left to fight for," he added.

"We will be pressing for a review of the decision that WADA would be amenable to if further evidence is found pertaining to sabotage," it said.

"JSW Sports strongly believes in Narsingh's innocence and will stand by the wrestler in doing everything to fight for justice," it added.

"…the parties were informed that the application was upheld, that Narsingh Yadav was sanctioned with a four-year ineligibility period starting today and that any period of provisional suspension or ineligibility effectively served by the athlete before the entry into force of this award shall be credited against the total period of ineligibility to be served," CAS said in a statement.

"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 CAS Panel did not accept the argument of the athlete 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. Therefore the standard 4-year period of ineligibility was imposed by the Panel," it added.

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