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Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav banned for 4 years, Olympic dream shattered
The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) has imposed a four-year ban on Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav for testing positive for a banned substance.

Indian anti-doping disciplinary panel, National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) had ruled earlier this month that the wrestler was a victim of "sabotage", and had cleared him to compete in Rio 2016.

Yadav had claimed that he was a victim of sabotage and that his supplements and water had been spiked. He had even lodged a police complaint against a junior wrestler accusing him of contaminating his food at the Sports Authority of India training center in Sonepat. NADA had given him the benefit of doubt and had allowed him to participate in Rio.

WADA filed an urgent application before Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to challenge the decision of NADA India to exonerate Yadav following two positive anti-doping tests in June and July.

"The decision of the National anti-doping agency of India is set aside," the CAS order said.

"The CAS Panel did not accept the argument of the athlete that he was the victim of sabotage and noted that there was no evidence that he bore no fault, nor that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional," CAS said, announcing a four-year period of ineligibility.

"The parties were informed that the application was upheld, that Narsingh Yadav was sanctioned with a four-year ineligibility period starting today and that any period of provisional suspension or ineligibility effectively served by the athlete before the entry into force of this award shall be credited against the total period of ineligibility to be served," CAS said in a statement after the hearing, which lasted four hours last night.

Yadav was scheduled to take on France's Zelimkhan Khadjiev in the qualification round but after the CAS verdict, he will not be competing in any matches.

Sandeep Tomar (57kg) is other Indian wrestler participating in the games and will be competing with Russia's Viktor Lebedev in the pre-quarterfinal tomorrow.

"It's not a just loss for Narsingh at the Court of Arbitration for Sports but he was beaten by his compatriots who did not want to let him compete at the Olympics and not by his opponents," IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta said after the CAS verdict.

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