Narsingh Yadav’s Rio dreams virtually over, hints sports minister: Sports minister Vijay Goel hinted that Narsingh Yadav‘s prospects of participating at the Rio Olympics is virtually over, in a press conference conducted here, in Delhi. The minister also assured the press that Narsingh will be given a fair chance to defend himself, as the law dictates.
Top Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials expressed unpleasantries over Narsingh alleging that a conspiracy to frame him has been created by the authorities. They claimed that Narsingh’s case is an open and shut case.
Narsingh had got into a fierce legal battle with former Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar over his selection for the Rio Olympics 2016. ALthough, now the chances of Narsingh going to Rio seem negative, likewise there is also no chance for Sushil Kumar to represent India in Rio, as the deadline for sending entries is over. It looks as if India will not be represented by any wrestler in the 74kg freestyle in the upcoming Rio Olympics.
“Both of Narsingh’s A and B dope samples have returned positive. He has been placed under provisional suspension and so we now have 119 athletes. That’s why I said India will be represented by 119 athletes,” the minister said when asked if Narsingh still has a chance to take the Rio bus.
Goel also made it clear that Narsingh’s dope case will be dealt as per international rules with the strict implementation of the WADA Code.
On whether the government will agree to a probe on the issue as demanded by Narsingh, the minsiter said, Let Law take its own course and we shouldn’t interfere in it. Let the NADA panels deal with the case and then we will see.”