Narsingh Yadav cleared by United World Wrestling to participate in Rio Olympics


New Delhi: Cleared by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), Narsingh Yadav today got the go ahead of United World Wrestling (UWW) to compete in the Rio Olympics even as he waited for a WADA clearance as well. Narsingh, cleared by NADA on Monday, was awaiting response from UWW on the Wrestling Federation of India’s request to reconsider his name in the 74kg weight division. 

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“After Narsingh was given a clean chit by NADA, we immediately wrote a letter to the world body to reconsider his name in 74kg category. Today I am really delighted to announce that UWW has reverted back saying that Narsingh will be allowed to participate in the Olympics,” Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said.

“Now they just need a confirmation letter from us and we have already sent it. So, there should not be any problem as far as the world body is concerned about Narsingh’s participation,” he added. The WADA could appeal against a decision of Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel or Appeals Panel of any of its member countries to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) within 21 days.

If WADA appeals against the decision of the disciplinary panel at the ad hoc division of the CAS, specifically constituted to render decisions quickly during the Olympics, Narsingh may have to wait some more days to know his fate regarding his participation in the Rio Games.

Supporters were already celebrating outside NADA’s office as soon as the the clearance news broke out. The road to Rio might have had a few hurdles for the wrestler, but the things looked somewhat bright for Narsingh.

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