Narsingh Yadav’s second sample was taken for testing under the advice of World Anti Doping Agency, it was revealed on Thursday.
In a press statement, the Press Information Bureau of the Indian government, released on behalf of the ministry of Youth affairs and sports, said the second sample was collected from Narsingh on July 5, 2016, in view of WADA’s advice. The test for that sample turned out positive.
It may be noted that the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) had previously collected a sample from Narsingh on June 25 for out-of-competition testing, which the wrestler failed. The B Sample for the first sample was then opened and tested in Narsingh’s presence on July 21. He failed that test too.
According to the statement, Narsingh in a written letter, stated he did not wish to conduct a B sample testing of the second sample, suggesting he accepted the finding of the test. The release also stated that the NADA had conducted tests on food supplements submitted by Narsingh. No banned substance was found in these.
The latest revelation that a separate sample was collected and tested on the advice of WADA suggests the world body too were doubtful of Narsingh’s record. When enquired NADA director general Naveen Aggarwal confirmed the wrestler was under the world body’s scanner. “Yes he was.” “WADA does have its procedures on the basis of which it calls for test reports from international athletes. In this particular case haematological passport was required, for which blood was taken and with it we also took urine sample,” he added.