In desolate turn of events, Narsingh Yadav’s Olympic dreams were dealt a firm blow as the embattled wrestler’s clean chit was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sports after a four-hour long hearing. To add insult to injury, the ace wrestler was further slapped with a ban of four years, essentially ruling him out of the Tokyo Olympics as well.
The controversial saga, however, does not seem to have ended, as the Indian Olympic Association went on to say that the wrestler was defeated by his ‘compatriots’, rather than opponents. Secretary general Rajeev Mehta was quoted as saying, “It’s not a just loss for Narsingh at the Court of Arbitration for Sports but he was beaten by his compatriots who did not want to let him compete at the Olympics and not by his opponents. The picture is clear and neither I nor anyone has to say who’s done the foul play. If you go back, you can easily connect the dots and would clearly know who could be the suspect. As of now, the culprits have been successful in stopping him from the Olympics, though we may challenge the order and minimise the ban. It’s a loss for the country.”
Not holding anything back, he went on to hint at some sort of conspiracy theory, with the odd sequence of events that led to the final verdict. A devastated Narsingh Yadav issued the following statement through his sponsors JSW Sports, “To say I am devastated at the decision of CAS would be putting it mildly. I have gone through so much over the last two months off the mat but the thought of fighting for the glory of the nation at the Games had kept me going. My dream of competing and winning the country a medal at the Rio Olympics has been cruelly snatched away from me twelve hours before my first bout.” He went on to say that he would do everything it takes to prove his innocence, as that is the only saving grace that he could get out of the sordid situation.
We are no experts on the matter, but we do have a lot of sympathy, not only for Yadav, but for an entire nation that was looking forward to what looked like an extremely plausible medal, all because of the spite and negligence of a few.