Narsingh Yadav, who failed a dope test ahead of Rio Olympics, has accused a 17-year-old wrestler of allegedly mixing a banned substance in his food. The 26-year-old wrestler has filed a complaint at Rai police station in Sonepat in this regard.
The teenage wrestler against whom the complaint has been filed late on Tuesday is a trainee at the Chhatrasal Stadium in Delhi. He has represented India in international tournaments, said sources.
“It’s a good thing that Narsingh has filed a complaint in the case as it will bring us closer to the truth. If a cadet from Chatrasal has done this, he will be punished,” coach Satpal Singh said.
Wrestler Narsingh Yadav has claimed innocence, saying that the scandal is a conspiracy against him. “This is a conspiracy against me. I have never taken any banned substance,” said Narsingh.
Narsingh, who was picked ahead of the double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar to represent India at the Rio Games in 74kg Freestyle category, has been handed provisional suspension and virtually ruled out of next month’s Olympics. The 26-year-old wrestler’s Olympics accreditation has also been withheld.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has also cried foul, claiming that Narsingh has a clean history and it seems to be a sabotage.
(With PTI inputs)