Narsingh became ‘unconscious’ after hearing CAS verdict

  • Press Trust of India, New Delhi:
  • Updated: Aug 20, 2016 15:11 IST
The dope-tainted grappler has vowed to take his battle to the Prime Minister’s Office. (Reuters)

Wrestler NarsinghYadav “became unconscious” when he heard the news that he was slapped with a four-year ban for doping violation by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) .

Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said Narsingh lost his consciousness after being debarred and asked to leave the Games village in Rio.

Still backing the disgraced grappler, the WFI chief said, “Narsingh behosh ho gaya tha kal, aaj thik hai (Narsingh became unconscious yesterday, he is fine today). We don’t want to accuse anyone. Our only demand is a CBI inquiry.

“Everything will become clear after a thorough investigation. All the skeletons will tumble out of the closet once the boy is nabbed. We will press hard for an investigation.”

The dope-tainted grappler has vowed to take his battle to the Prime Minister’s Office.

“Meri toh naam badnam hui, isse pura desh pe kala dhabba lag gaya hai (My name has been tarnished, not just me, this ban is a blot on India). Chahe mujhe phaasi ho jaye, mein iski chhanbin karwaoonga, din-raat ek kar doonga (Let me be hanged, I will take this to higher courts and will leave no stone unturned),” the 74kg freestyle wrestler said.

“I will appeal to the Prime Minister to investigate this matter thoroughly. The truth must come out, even if we need CBI for that. If I’m the culprit, hang me, I’m ready for it. Do a Narco test on me and also the people who are involved.”

Narsingh had claimed that his drinks/food were spiked during the pre-Games training in Sonepat by unknown persons, following which, the National Anti-Doping Agency exonerated him and allowed him to travel to RIo.

Narsingh further said he could have easily competed in the Olympics had the evidence of wrong doings were stronger.

“There’s a big lobby involved and the names should be out. It’s a matter of country’s future in sports. I have become a victim of all this without any fault of mine. My four years of hardships to win an Olympic medal have gone in vain.”

He said that such politics hampers India’s medal prospects at the Olympics.

“If I don’t get the justice the future for sport will be bleak. Not many will be encouraged to join sport and win medal for India. We ourselves are to be blamed.”

Without directly pointing fingers at anyone in particular, Narsingh said: “It’s clear from the series of episodes who all are involved.”

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