India had earned eight wrestling quotas for the Tokyo Olympics.© AFP
Olympic-bound Indian wrestler has been provisionally suspended after failing a dope test all over the recent Qualifiers in Bulgaria, a major embarrassment for the country with just weeks left for the Games in Tokyo. It marks the second one consecutive instance of a wrestler being caught in dope net before the Olympics — the preceding being ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics when Narsingh Pancham Yadav had failed one and was once slapped with a four-year ban.
“The UWW (United World Wrestling) informed the Wrestling Federation of India the day past that wrestler has failed the dope test. Now he has to give his B pattern on June 10,” a WFI source told PTI.
The wrestler has been nursing a knee injury that he suffered all over the national camp before the Olympic Qualifiers began at different venues.
He had competed at the Asian Qualifiers in Almaty in April but did not succeed in earning the quota. He then competed at the Asian Championship at the same venue and returned with a medal-less performance.
Then again, at the World Olympic Qualifiers in Sofia held in May, he earned the quota by reaching the last, which he forfeited because of the same injury.
To let his injured knee heal totally before the Olympics, the wrestler was once also planning to skip the exposure go back and forth to Poland that the WFI had arranged for its Tokyo-bound group.
“He should have taken something unknowingly. Possibly he was once taking some Ayurvedic medicine to treat his injured knee and that might have contained some banned substances,” said the source.
“But these wrestlers must have been careful, they realize the risks involved by taking such medicines,” he added.
Whether his B pattern also returns positive, he will also be banned from the sport. He has the correct to challenge the suspension but it is lucid that by the point hearing takes place and a judgement comes out, he would overlook competing at the Olympics.
India earned eight wrestling quotas for the Tokyo edition of the Games with four men and as many women wrestlers qualifying.
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