The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) appeal against the Indian body (NADA) exonerating Narsingh following his positive test will be heard today, on the eve of his 74kg freestyle bout. If things go well, he’ll participate in the bout like every other wrestler. If it doesn’t, he faces a four-year ban.
The NADA panel had given Narsingh Yadav a clean chit because him and his lawyer, Vidushpat Singhania, managed to convince them that someone had laced his amino drink which had led to his results coming out as positive. The challenge now remains to convince the CAS about the same.
However, based on his wavering claims since 18th July, when he first went before the NADA panel, his case does not look very strong at the moment. His first claim was that his food was contaminated, which soon shifted to his food supplement and finally settled on his amino drink having been laced. The affidavit submitted by Yadav and his legal team again gives two different views.
Article 2.1 of WADA’s anti-doping rules states: “It is each athlete’s personal duty to ensure that no prohibited substance enters his or her body. Accordingly, it is not necessary that intent, fault, negligence or knowing use on the athlete’s part be demonstrated in order to establish an anti-doping rule violation.”
In Narsingh’s case, the NADA panel took a relaxed view because it felt “it was inconceivable that Narsingh would have got any significant gain from the one-time ingestion and therefore it strengthened his claim of sabotage.”