Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday came in support of wrestler Narsingh Yadav who has been handed provisional suspension and virtually ruled out of next month’s Olympics after he failed doping test.
Fadnavis said ” There is something suspicious in this. We will support Narsingh Yadav. I am in contact with the Sports Minister and have written a letter to him.”
Fadnavis’s statement came just a day after Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday hinted that Narsingh Yadav’s prospects of participating at the Rio Olympics is virtually over.
On Monday, making introductory remark before a press conference Goel mentioned that India will be represented by 119 sportspersons (from earlier 120) in Rio Olympics.
Vijay Goel said “NADA is an autonomous body established under the WADA Code to promote clean sports and check doping. In Narsingh’s case, we will ensure that WADA Code is implemented. We are committed to the WADA Code.”
“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.