New Delhi: Narsingh Yadav was exonerated of all the doping charges by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) — but that was not the silver lining for the wrestler. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Wednesday supported the wrestler's advent into Rio Olympics and so did the UWW.
However, the NADA clearing is only the first hurdle for Narsingh Yadav; the clean chit has to be approved by three parties: United World Wrestling (UWW) – who has already approved Narsingh's participation – the International Olympic Committeee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
After NADA's nod to Narsingh, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is confident that the three international bodies will not object to his entry into the Rio Olympics which is soon to take place in Brazil.
President of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Brij Bushan Singh said that the UWW has cleared Narsingh's participation in the Rio Olympics.
"We have received IOA's approval today (Tuesday) to send Yadav for the Olympics. As for the UWW, we are awaiting their formal approval and are hopeful of getting it by Wednesday. We had sent them an email only on Monday evening, informing them about the situation. They will go through it and we should hear something back by Wednesday," WFI's Vinod Tomar told reporters.
Tomar's optimism was apparent when he said that NADA had given a complete clean chit to Narsingh Yadav. The ball is in WADA's court, and the ultimate decision will rest upon them.