New Delhi: Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav whose Olympic dreams are stuck in a bog after NADA doping test revealed that the wrestler had ingested banned steroids; sources claim that the wrestler’s drink might’ve been spiked by another player.

One of the cooks at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Sonepat professed that Yadav was an honest and an innocent man, confirming the theory that a player’s food or drink can be laced with banned substances. According to the Daily Mail, one of the cooks, Chintu, had alleged that an intruder had spiked Narsingh’s food on June 5.

Asking reporters why he would be so naive as to consume banned substance with the Olympics so near, Narsingh Yadav earlier said, “There has to be a criminal investigation into the case. I want CBI to probe the matter. It’s a clear case of conspiracy.”

Albeit Narsingh’s conspiracy theory has garnered support, Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that instead of promoting conspiracy theories, Narsingh Yadav should work on proving his innocence. Goel confirmed that Narsingh will get full opportunity to prove his innocence before the NADA panel.

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“The NADA has disciplinary panels to deal with doping cases. He will get a fair chance to defend himself and present his case before these panels. There will be justice under the rules and beyond that there is nothing much we can do in this case,” said Goel.

On Wednesday, the Rio-bound wrestler left the Sonepat SAI Centre with a pledge not to come back.

Narsingh’s brother revealed to reporters that Narsingh practiced in the same wrestling ground with Olympian Sushil Kumar.  He, however, refused to comment when asked about whether Sushil Kumar had attempted to ambush Narsingh’s dream.

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) announced on Tuesday night the name of Praveen Rana as the replacement for Narsingh Yadav in the 74kg category.

Vijay Goel on Wednesday said that there can be no substitute in the doping row case and there would be no replacement in place of Narsingh Yadav.



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