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Maha intervenes in Narsingh doping controversy, demands fair probe

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told the state legislative Assembly that he had written to Union sports minister Vijay Goel seeking “justice” for Yadav. Yadav, a gold medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, was supposed to represent India in the 2016 Rio Olympics before he failed the doping test, which virtually rules him out of the games.

mumbai Updated: Jul 27, 2016 00:26 IST
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Wrestler Narsingh Yadav has tested positive for a banned steroid.
Wrestler Narsingh Yadav has tested positive for a banned steroid.(PTI)

The state government has written to the Centre asking for a fair probe into the controversy surrounding Mumbai-based wrestler Narsingh Yadav who failed a drug test.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told the state legislative Assembly that he had written to Union sports minister Vijay Goel seeking “justice” for Yadav. Yadav, a gold medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, was supposed to represent India in the 2016 Rio Olympics before he failed the doping test, which virtually rules him out of the games.

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Yadav had been locked in a tussle with wrestler Sushil Kumar. Fadnavis said, “The perception is that there is a conspiracy in the manner in which Yadav failed the test. We have asked the Centre to conduct an inquiry into the incident and see that justice is done to Yadav. We will continue to follow up the case with the Centre,” he said.

State sports minister Vinod Tawde said he had also spoken to Goel. “Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stepped into the issue. We will see to it that a fair inquiry into the incident is conducted.”

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The CM’s statement came in response to a demand made by leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil that the state government must support Yadav, since he is a resident of Mumbai. “You must ensure that he is given a fair treatment. He is an asset to the state and must not be treated unfairly.”

In a huge blow for India, Yadav was tested positive for a banned steroid. As per rules, he faces suspension from all competitions. Sources said the Commonwealth Games gold medallist tested positive for anabolic steroid methandienone that helps build muscle and enhance performance. Several Indian sportsperson have been suspended and served bans for using methandienone in the past.

The 26-year-old tested positive during a routine test on July 5.