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‘Focus on winning medals’: Message from Modi as Narsingh clears doping charges

other sports Updated: Aug 02, 2016 13:04 IST
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Wrestler Narsingh Yadva was cleared of doping charges by NADA.(AFP Photo)

A day after being cleared of doping charges by the National Anti-doping Agency (NADA), wrestler Narsingh Yadav met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, who asked him to focus on winning laurels for the country at the upcoming Rio Olympics.

The Prime Minister, who met the wrestler at his office in Parliament House soon after the BJP parliamentary party meeting, also assured the wrestler that no injustice will be done to him.

“The Prime Minister gave his best wishes to me and asked me to be carefree and participate in Olympics without any tension. He asked me to focus on winning medals for the country. He also assured me that no injustice will be done to me,” Yadav said after the meeting.

Yadav, who had failed a dope test on June 25, said he wanted to leave behind the controversy and focus on his participation in the Olympics and winning a medal there.

“I am thankful that the Prime Minister has met me and supported me. I am thankful to people for supporting me. I hope to live up to their expectations. I am also thankful for the support of the Wrestling Federation and the media for standing by me,” he said.

Asked if he would like those behind the doping row be punished, he said an inquiry is on and hoped that justice will be done.

“This should not happen to any player, otherwise they will stop taking interest in sports,” he said.

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Wrestling Federation of India president Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, who is also a BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh accompanied Yadav during his meeting with the Prime Minister.

Yadav was cleared of doping charges by the NADA on Monday, which concluded that he was a victim of sabotage, paving the way for the wrestler’s participation in the Rio Olympics.

After more than a week of drama which began with Yadav testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid methandienone in tests conducted on June 25, NADA DG Naveen Agarwal put an end to the suspense on the wrestler’s fate by exonerating him.

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