'We have full faith in the NADA panel. We are trying to convince them'
Olympic wrestler Narsingh Yadav has filed a criminal complaint following the results of a doping test, claiming that he has been the victim of a ‘criminal conspiracy’ designed to keep him from participating in the Rio 2016 games.
The FIR no 261 was registered at Rai Police Station in Haryana on Wednesday morning, and has launched a formal criminal investigation into Yadav’s claims.
The Olympic hopeful claims that his testing positive for Metadienone, an banned anabolic steroid, is the result of another wrestler, Jitesh, mixing something into his food supplements.
Yadav claims that Jitesh, and others, had hatched a conspiracy to frame him before the Olympic games in Brazil. He claims that he caught Jitesh mixing an unknown substance into his food supplements a month and a half ago.
Tests performed on said supplements have come back negative, however.
The criminal case will investigate all of Yadav’s claims, as well as supposed involvement from an unnamed Olympic administrative official. Yadav has also submitted the claims to the National Anti Doping Agency panel in the hopes of lifting the Olympic ban.
Yadav’s lawyer, Vidushpat Singhania, was confident that the NADA panel will assess their claims fairly, and that Narsingh Yadav could still qualify for the Rio games.
‘We have put forward Narsingh’s argument. We have full faith in the NADA panel. We are trying to convince them. We are hopeful he will be exonerated’, Singhania said.
However, the NADA panel has deferred their final verdict to early next week, but have stated that the current evidence supplied by Yadav and his coach is insufficient to prove any criminal intent or sabotage.
“We argued that the requirements of due diligence and care which was needed to escape from punishment was not provided as to satisfy the WADA Code’, NADA’s lawyer said of the case.
The final verdict won’t be delivered until next week, however things are not looking promising for Narsingh Yadav’s case. The criminal investigation could take several months to find anything substantial, too late for Yadav to be remitted back into the Rio games.