Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s participation at the Rio Olympics plunged into jeopardy on Tuesday with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealing in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against the clean chit given to him.
“Yes, WADA has appealed the verdict on Narsingh to CAS, which will hear both parties on Thursday August 18,” Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Indian wrestling’s governing body president, told IANS on Tuesday.
Narsingh is scheduled to open his Rio campaign on Friday, August 19, a day after the hearing is scheduled to take place.
Narsingh, who bagged the quota with a bronze medal finish in last year’s World Championships, first returned positive for a banned steroid following a dope test on June 25 by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
But NADA later exonerated him of all the doping charges, saying he “was a victim of sabotage done by a competitor”.