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CAS report discredits NADA, rules no proof of sabotage in wrestler Narsingh Yadav doping
The detailed report of the hearing of the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) in Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav's case was made public on Monday. The report has robbed the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) of its credibility and Narsingh Yadav of his defense.

The CAS panel that was judging the case has ruled out the possibilities of sabotage and has concluded that Yadav was intentionally doping and was not a victim of sabotage, as he had claimed.

The panel accepted the conclusion presented by sports expert, Dr Christiane Ayotte that stated that Yadav had intentionally taken a prohibited substance, methandienone, in tablet form on more than one occasion; thereby defusing his claims that his food was spiked.

"Such high levels can't come from a drink of powder mixed with water. Instead, such high amount can come from an oral ingestion of one or two tablets of methandienone," Ayotte said.

"The panel found the sabotage theory possible, but not probable, and certainly not grounded in any real evidence," the ruling said.

When Yadav was found guilty oif taking a prohibited substance, he had claimed that he was a victim of sabotage. NADA had supported his sabotage theory and had even banked on his clean-past in terms of doping,

During the hearing of the case, NADA had argued that since the panel had been set up for Rio Games, it cannot adjudicate Yadav's case as his case had nothing to do with the Games. It had sought to lodge an appeal before the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).

But WADA dismissed its arguments, noting that NADA could have appealed first but did not do so before August 13, when the agency first made its plea to CAS. It also argued that the NADA panel's final decision on August 1 gave Narsingh the green signal to participate in the Rio Games, which clearly linked it to the Olympics.

NADA did not argue the case on the merits of Yadav being framed or not as it claimed it is waiting for the police investigation in the case to be completed.

The CAS panel had also said that in case a criminal court of India rules that there was sabotage in the case, the CAS order can be challenged in the Supreme Court of Switzerland, where the CAS is based.

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