SONEPAT (Haryana): Wrestler Narsingh Yadav will not play in the Rio Olympics as he had failed dope test just two days back.
At Bahalgarh, The Sports Authority of India was unusually silent on Tuesday morning. However, the main entrance which was covered by security guards was shut down.
Few people who were associated with the centre were permited to come inside.
Nobody inside the centre was talking about Narsingh Yadav and Sandeep Yadav as both of them have failed the dope test which was held by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
Even at the wrestling room, there was a silence. Only there were pictures of Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt as both of them have qualified for the Rio Olympics and won India Olympic medals.
Earlier, Narsingh Yadav used to prepare at the wrestling room for Rio Olympics before a dope test was conducted.
Narsingh Yadav will not be a part of Rio Olympics. Now, he is waiting to hear what punishment lies in store for him. NADA is scheduled to announce the punishment on Wednesday.
Sports minister Vijay Goel said, “India will be represented in Rio Olympics by 119 sportspeople (and not the earlier 120). That was a clear indication that Narsingh's name had been struck off the list.”
Moreover, Narsingh Yadav will not symbolize India in the Rio Olympics in 74 Kg category that the country was hoping to get a medal in.
It was found that Yadav had taken banned steroid. But, he refused that the failed dope test was the result of a conspiracy against him.
His sports members said, “Narsingh could never do what he has been accused of and that the conspiracy angle must be probed.”
One of his friend said that the day he learnt he had failed the dope test, Narsingh was a broken man who even wanted to kill himself to escape the notoriety that would come with the fiasco.
"He is a self-respecting boy and a fighter. He wanted to win respect and honour for his country and his family. He has achieved everything so far without doping and he is proud of that. He can never do such a thing."
Narsingh's mate said the news that he tested positive for a banned steroid really shattered him.
"He couldn't bear the thought of being disgraced in this manner. He wanted to commit suicide and had to be dissuaded from taking any such action by his coach (Jagmal Singh) and the centre's senior members."
He said the officials of the centre and the SAI have since been keeping an eye on Narsingh.
Jagmal said it could not have been anything but a conspiracy against Narsingh, but it's more than that. "It's a conspiracy against the discipline of wrestling and one against the country."
"The SAI did give him the choice of shifting to Mumbai – to the Kandivali centre. Narsingh chose to remain at Sonepat centre. He said there was no better place for training than Sonepat," said the official.
Somveer Singh said: "He is an amazing boy. He has been obsessed with winning India an Olympic gold medal."