First a surprise, then a shock! That’s how Sunday morning was for the Indian sporting world.
On late Saturday, Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian athlete to win javelin throw world championship in Poland, setting a new under-20 world record.
The 18-year-old was lauded by many sporting giants of the country for his gold medal-winning feat, for, it was for the first time an Indian had ascended this high in the sport:
Congrtazz neeraj chopra...dat was a hell of a throw..U made us proud.— tomo Bhuyan@ India (@Tomo_indian) July 24, 2016
Hearty congratulations to Haryana's Neeraj Chopra for winning India's first U-20 gold medal & setting a new javelin throw world record!— Manohar Lal (@mlkhattar) July 24, 2016
Congratulations Neeraj Chopra to become first Indian world champion in athletics. Kudos!! You have made India proud— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) July 24, 2016
No one knows him before a day now he becomes a History Golden Boy Neeraj Chopra #Neeraj Chopra— Smit Maheshwari (@MaheshwariSmit) July 24, 2016
But the pride of Indians was short lived when few hours later the National Anti-Doping Agency announced that Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav had failed the dope test just 11 days before of Rio Games.
The selection of Yadav over the two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar had already made headlines last month and the news on Sunday morning came as a shocker. Many just couldn’t believe it.
If rumors about Narsingh Yadav failing dope test r true then it's an epic fail ! Who is responsible ?— Prakhar Mehta (@prakharrulzz) July 24, 2016
Let's not judge Narsingh Yadav without knowing his dedication towards wrestling. The guy grabbed a medal at the Spanish GP last week too.— Shuvro Ghoshal (@shuvro_addict) July 24, 2016
Narsingh Yadav being tested positive is so heartbreaking. Imagine the hardwork that goes into qualifying for Rio. Just imagine his pain— Sandeep Sharma (@Sunny_Sharma12) July 24, 2016
Some also hoped Sushil Kumar to be allowed to represent and win a medal for India in the Rio Olympics starting August 5.
The mood of Sushil kumar on Indian Olympic association after Narsingh Yadav failed the dope test. pic.twitter.com/hHzdFml3cZ— Nava mohan (@iamnavamohan) July 24, 2016