The heart of the matter was; back in 2015, Narsingh – in 74 kg category – won the Olympic quota place by winning the bronze medal in World Championship. To withstand it, Sushil Kumar decided to demand a trial but was rejected by the High Court. He then uploaded a video to this issue and it came in full public glare and went viral. Next, to compete in the big Rio event, Narsingh won the court battle against the same class wrestler Sushil Kumar.
A few days later, he was declared guilty of doping nad his ticket to Brazil was cancelled due to the same issue. He was tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid Methandienone. After being ruled out of the Rio Olympic, he was handed a four-year ban from the sport.
He said in his statement: “To say I am devastated at the decision of CAS would be putting it mildly. I have gone through so much over the last two months off the mat but the thought of fighting for the glory of the nation at the Games had kept me going. My dream of competing and winning the country a medal at the Rio Olympics has been cruelly snatched away from me twelve hours before my first bout. But I will do everything it takes to prove my innocence. It is all I have left to fight for,”
Narsingh claimed that in Sonepat, during training before the game, an unknown man mixed the banned substances in his food and drinks. National Anti-Doping Agency agreed to his claims and gave him a clean chit and was allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, but the World Anti-Doping Agency declared him guilty of doping. Whatever happened in that year, Indian wrestling contingent returned empty-handed. Before the Olympics in Athens in 2004, India had faced similar embarrassment when female weightlifters Sanamacha Chanu and Pratima Kumari were reported positive in doping test and were ruled then out.