The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) sent a request to the United World Wrestling (UWW) to replace Narsingh Yadav with Parveen Kumar Rana, owing to the former testing positive for drug abuse right before the Rio Olympics 2016. as he was expelled from Rio Olympics 2016 squad after testing positive for drug abuse.

Having won the World Championship Bronze in 2015, Narsingh Yadav was expected to be India’s best chance of splendor in the 74 kg freestyle category at Rio 2016, but his dreams for Rio have been crushed as reports show that he was consuming a banned substance called methandienone that is known to increase strength and performance of wrestlers.

In another shocking chain of events, WFI has replaced Narsingh Yadav with Parveen Rana, and not with Sushil Kumar, who had famously won Bronze at Beijing 2008 and Silver at London 2012 to make him the most successful Olympic athlete from India. The WFI have defended their decision by claiming they have been aware that Sushil Kumar hasn’t been training and they simply wanted to send the fittest candidate available for the olympics.

Notably, Parveen Rana has won Gold at the Senior National Championship in 2013 and the Commonwealth Championship in South Africa. However, he still remains an understudy of Sushil Kumar. The Indian Olympic Association gave the name of Rana as the replacement of Narsingh Yadav to the United World Wrestling. The UWW immediately confirmed his name.

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