A teenager, who may have ‘spiked’ wrestler Narsingh Yadav’s food supplements at the Sonepat centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has been identified, reports said on Wednesday.
Narsingh, India’s entry in the men’s 74-kg freestyle wrestling category in the upcoming Rio Olympics, tested positive for anabolic steroid methandienone that helps build muscle and enhance performance. The 26-year-old failed the dope test during a routine sampling on July 5.
India chose Parveen Rana as the replacement for Narsingh.
According to the Times of India, the teen is the younger brother of an international wrestler in the super-heavyweight category, who allegedly broke into Narsingh’s room and contaminated his food supplements.
It said the person is a 65-kg wrestler and has represented India in the junior ranks. He trains at the Chhatrasal Stadium in Delhi and frequents the SAI Sonepat centre during the national camps as a sparring partner, the report added.
According to news channel NDTV, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has said SAI centre’s cook and staff have identified the teen, who has confessed to his crime.
The TOI report said that the suspected intruder was allegedly seen hanging around Narsingh’s room when the wrestler was with the Indian team in Bulgaria in June. He apparently asked for the keys to Narsingh’s room at the KD Jadhav Hostel and when someone enquired, he said he was looking for someone.
The report added that no video footage of the teen entering Narsingh’s room has been found as the centre doesn’t have the means to store videos for more than 10 days
Reports said Narsingh has filed a written complaint at a police station near Panipat. He also has a final NADA hearing on Wednesday.
“I am ready to face the NADA committee because I am confident that there is foul play. I want the guilty to be caught because I have never failed a dope test,” the 26-year-old wrestler told NDTV at Sonepat.
He has claimed innocence, saying that the scandal is a conspiracy against him.
Narsingh, the son of a milk vendor, has been handed provisional suspension and virtually ruled out of next month’s Olympics. The wrestler’s Olympics accreditation has also been withheld.
The WFI has also cried foul, claiming that Narsingh has a clean history and it seems to be a sabotage.