Narsingh Yadav might be competing tomorrow at the Rio, news coming in from the Indian camp. A statement from the Indian Chef de Mission Rakesh Gupta to a leading news channel, “It’s unfortunate that the WADA chose to appeal so late against a decision by the National Anti-Doping Agency in India to allow Narsingh to enter the competition, Narsingh had come here only following NADA’s clearance and the IOC and United World Wrestling’s approval. We then approached the Rio Olympic Organising Committee and filled in his entry form after they gave the green light. Now, we have to wait and see what happens at the hearing at CAS,” On a personal note as well, Gupta was pretty sure that Narsingh will be cleared.
On Tuesday, Brij Bhushan Singh, Indian wrestling’s governing body president said that “Our lawyer has already acknowledged the WADA letter. We will put up a strong defence for Narsingh. He has a good chance of getting cleared,”.
Narsingh is to begin his Rio campaign in the men’s 74 KG freestyle on August 19th, a day after the hearing is scheduled to take place. Let’s hope Narsingh does get a chance to prove his worth.