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Olympic Day for India — After Sakshi-Sindhu win, CAS clears Narsingh Yadav
By NewsX Bureau
| Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 23:21
First Published | Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 23:19
Olympic Day for India — CAS clears wrestler Narsingh Yadav for Rio
New Delhi: It was an all Olympic Day for India — after Sakshi Malik it was Sindhu's turn to make history. But the good news didn't end there when Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) on Thursday cleared Narsingh Yadav to participate in the Rio Olympics wrestling.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had appealed in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against clean chit to Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav's participation in the Rio Olympics.
Narsingh is scheduled to open his Rio campaign in the men's 74 kilogram freestyle category on Friday, August 19.
Earlier, Narsingh 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.
The NADA clearing was only the first hurdle for Narsingh Yadav; the clean chit had 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).
Narsingh, who bagged the quota with a bronze medal finish at last year's World Championships, first returned positive for a banned steroid following a dope test on June 25 by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
But NADA exonerated him of all the doping charges on August 1, after postponing the verdict twice in July, saying he "was a victim of sabotage done by a competitor".
Narsingh earlier overcame protracted legal hurdles to participate in Rio after getting dragged into a bitter courtroom tussle by two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar over representing the country in the 74kg freestyle category.