Indian wrestling finds itself in the midst of one other doping saga forward of the Olympics after one Tokyo-bound grappler examined optimistic for a banned substance. The United World Wrestling (UWW) has provisionally suspended the wrestler for an alleged anti-doping rule violation with impact from Thursday, it’s learnt.
Eight Indian wrestlers, 4 males and 4 girls, have certified for the Tokyo Olympics, which start on July 23. Nonetheless, the participation of the wrestler is now unsure and the nation dangers dropping one quota following the failed dope take a look at.
The identification of the wrestler has been withheld due to a pending ‘B’ pattern take a look at. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) stated they had been unaware of the incident whereas the Nationwide Anti-Doping Company (NADA) didn’t remark.
Wrestling is certainly one of India’s largest medal sports activities and has secured podium locations in three back-to-back Olympics (2008, 2012 and 2016).
On the identical time, it’s also one of many sports activities with most doping circumstances. As per NADA’s 2019-2020 data, wrestling was the game with the third-highest anti-doping rule violators after athletics and weightlifting. It had accounted for 12 rule violations throughout that interval.
That is for the second consecutive Olympics that an Indian wrestler has failed a dope take a look at simply earlier than the Olympics. Forward of the Rio Video games 5 years in the past, Narsingh Yadav failed a drug take a look at that turned one of many largest scandals in Indian sport. Yadav, who had been chosen after a long-drawn court docket battle with two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar, accused his rivals of spiking his meals.
Whereas he was let off by NADA, Yadav was not allowed to compete on the Rio Olympics after the World Anti-Doping Company appealed the choice. He was later handed a four-year suspension, which ended final 12 months. Yadav made a return and tried to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics however failed to take action.