Rio Olympics 2016: CAS slaps four-year ban on Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav

Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Published: Aug 18, 2016, 11:10 PM(IST)

The 74-kg freestyle wrestler Narsingh Yadav had to fight a lengthy legal battle with two-time Olympics medallist Sushil to get the chance to compete for India at the Olympics. Photograph:( Getty )

Narsingh Yadav's Olympic dream seems to have come to an end with the Court for 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.

The 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.

"WADA filed an urgent application before the CAS ad hoc Division to challenge the decision of NADA India to exonerate Narsingh Yadav following two positive anti-doping tests with methandienone on June 25 and July 5. The athlete asserted that he was the victim of sabotage (food/drink tampering) by another person. WADA requested that a four-year period of ineligibility be imposed on the athlete," the CAS said in a statement.

"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 four-year period of ineligibility was imposed by the panel," the statement added.

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