Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav has been banned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for four years on Thursday. Yadav was banned from Olympic Games for doping violation.
He was due to compete in Friday's men's freestyle under-74kg division wrestling competition in Rio. But CAS upheld an appeal by the World Anti-doping Agency against the National Anti-doping Agency of India (NADA). Earlier this year NADA passed Yadav despite failing two doping tests for an anabolic steroid.
"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 25 June and 5 July 2016," said CAS in a statement.
They added that "that the 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. Yavdav is the fourth athlete to be out of Olympic Games. Similarly Brazilian cyclist Kleber Ramos and Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi were disqualified for the banned blood booster EPO Cera and the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide respectively. Kyrgyzstani weightlifter Izzat Artykov, who won bronze in the men's under-69kg category, was banned after testing positive for strychnine, a stimulant.”
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BY M. DIVYA SRI