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Narsingh banned for four years, Olympic Dreams Over
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Narsingh banned for four years, Olympic Dreams Over



Narsingh Yadav’s dream of competing at the ongoing Rio Olympics has come to an end with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upholding the World Anti Doping Agency’s (WADA) appeal against the clean chit given to him in a doping violation case.bThe ad hoc division of the CAS, which met here on Thursday to hear the WADA’s appeal against the clearance to Narsingh by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), also slapped a four-year ban on the Mumbai wrestler.

"The CAS Panel did not accept the argument of the athlete that he was the victim of sabotage and noted that there was no evidence that he bore no fault, nor that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional. Therefore the standard 4-year period of ineligibility was imposed by the Panel," said CAS in its verdict.

Narsingh Yadav’s dream of competing at the ongoing Rio Olympics has come to an end with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upholding the World Anti Doping Agency’s (WADA) appeal against the clean chit given to him in a doping violation case.bThe ad hoc division of the CAS, which met here on Thursday to hear the WADA’s appeal against the clearance to Narsingh by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), also slapped a four-year ban on the Mumbai wrestler.

WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan said that the CAS panel was adamant to know the reason why any culprit was not punished till now if there was a conspiracy or sabotage in the case.

"From whatever I could understand, they (CAS panel) were asking why the guilty have not been punished till now under Indian judicial sysyem. It's not just arrest of somebody but they want to know about any punishment (handed to a guilty person). Perhaps, if the guilty was in jail today the decision may have gone in our favour," he said.

"We were probably not being able to convince that there was a conspiracy. We tried but the decision went against us.
 
They (CAS panel) asked why there was no action on the FIR, that there should have been a verdict on that. We said there was a legal procedure in India and there has been an investigation going on, which is yet to be finished. But they said everything should have been finished by now," he added.

Asked about the future course of action, the WFI chief said, "Whether there will be appeal or not, we will decide after consulting our lawyer after reaching India."

He said that the WFI could not even discuss the case with its lawyer due to paucity of time.

"On 13 August, WADA issued the notice. We did not get the notice on 14 August and we got to know about it on 15 August only. We did not get the notice. Our lawyer cannot come from India. We could not discuss the issue with our lawyer. WADA said we have to come or if you do not come even then there will be a decision. We went and our lawyer argued the case from India through video conferencing.

"No lawyer from NADA could come from India. An authority from NADA was told to be present and somebody came but he did not come prepared. He could not do much, he should have come prepared. Had somebody from NADA come prepared, NADA's view could have been heard. WADA's lawyer came prepared and he was able to convince the CAS."

Mehta said that it was not any of Narsingh’s opponents, but few others in India were responsible for the situation.
"It's not just a loss for Narsingh at the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports), but he was beaten by his compatriots, who did not want to let him compete at the Olympics, and not by his opponents,"

Mehta, who was also a part of the hearing and the verdict, said, "The picture is clear and neither I nor anyone has to say who's done the foul play. If you go back, you can easily connect the dots and would clearly know who could be the suspect."

Mehta also hoped that they will try and cut down the four-year ban laid down by the CAS.

"As of now, the culprits have been successful in stopping him from the Olympics, though we may challenge the order and minimise the ban. It's a loss for the country," he added.

Mehta also called out for the government to stop such situations from arising in the future by digging deep into the matter.

"We must go deep into the matter and the government should initiate a CBI inquiry into the matter. It's not a small thing, it's plaguing our country's sport and we must nip this in the bud."






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