Ministry shoots down Narsingh’s claim of sabotage by SAI official

  • Vinayak Padmadeo, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2016 16:19 IST
India wrestler Narsingh Pancham Yadav tested positive for a banned substance. (Reuters)

The Sports Ministry has junked allegations made by Narsingh Yadav that a Sports Authority of India (SAI) administrator was involved in the conspiracy to frame him.

At a press conference Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh alleged that in his written complaint Narsingh had alleged administrator Radhica Sreeman, who is very close to Sushil Kumar, and a player from the centre may be involved.

“What is the allegation really? Are they saying that SAI is instutionalising doping?,” said a senior ministry official.

“Fact of the matter is that he himself is in the dock now. He should first do all to get his name cleared rather than being assertive and start demanding things,” he said.

“He will get all the help here. But to say a senior officer was involved in this is not right. I’ll not agree that a senior SAI official was involved.”

Interestingly, it was Radhica who had written to Directorate General SAI, Injeti Srinivas, to provide Narsingh security after a Crime Investigation Department (CID) report raised fears of harm during the selection drama with Sushil. Following which, Srinivas had given the option of training at SAI’s Kandivili training centre. This option was not taken by Narsingh and his coach

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