India’s Narsingh Yadav, who has earned the Rio quota after winning World Championships bronze in the 74-kg category, and was earlier picked ahead of the double Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar. However, after failing the dope test, he is under provisional suspension and is virtually ruled out of next month's Olympics.
He has tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid methandienone. The wrestler has, however, claimed his supplements and water had been 'sabotaged'.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has reportedly announced Praveen Rana as the replacement of Narsingh Yadav at the Rio Olympics in the 74kg freestyle category. "His name is sent as date of replacement was given as July 25 and that's why the name is sent to the world body. We would still hope Narsingh is proved innocent and goes to Rio," WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said on Narsingh's replacement Parveen Rana. The WFI has also submitted a report to the Indian PM seeking his involvement in the matter.
Yadav, who secured India a berth at the Games by winning a bronze medal at last year’s world championships in Las Vegas, said he had undergone around 25-30 drugs tests in his 15-year career as a professional freestyle wrestler. Now the wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s hopes of participating in the Olympic Games in Rio are hanging (though thin) on a World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) rule, which says that an athlete’s period of suspension will be eliminated if he is able to prove that he was sabotaged by a rival.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel also hinted that Narsingh Yadav's prospects of participating at the Rio Olympics is virtually over but said the wrestler will be given a fair chance to defend himself. "The NADA has disciplinary panels to deal with doping cases. He (Narshingh) will get a fair chance to defend himself and present his case before these panels. There will be justice under the rules and beyond that there is nothing much we can do in this case," said the minister.
India’s anti-doping director General Navin Agarwal also confirmed that the wrestler’s roommate and training partner at the SAI (Sports Authority of India), Sandeep Yadav, has also tested positive for the same substance.
Narsingh's replacement, Parveen Rana, is considered as Sushil Kumar's understudy. He had won a gold medal two years ago in the 74-kg category at the Dave Schultz Memorial wrestling tournament in the US and another gold medal in the 70-kg category at the International Wrestling Tournament in Sassari City, Italy in 2015.
The entire episode has a lot of grey component, and it would be too early to predict anything at this moment of time, we need to be fare to the sportsperson also. For this very reasons, the replacement announced is just provisional.