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Narsingh Yadav's Rio Olympics chances in jeopardy after he fails dope test
Putting his chances of participation in next month's Rio Olympics in jeopardy, Narsingh Yadav tested positive for steroid methandieone. Narsingh had qualified after a long drawn battle in the 74 kg category.

He was handed out a provisional suspension after he appeared before the Anti Doping Disciplinary Panel on Saturday.

The panel has sought more reports after which it will decide the next date of hearing, which is expected to be around next week.

The dope control officials had collected samples from the SAI centre in Sonepat in the first week of July. Narsingh's `A' sample had returned positive for steroids. Narsingh later exercised his right to get his sample `B' tested, which again returned positive for steroids.

Naveen Aggarwal, director general of National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), said, "He appeared before the anti-doping disciplinary panel yesterday, and the hearing process is currently underway. We have already requested to expedite the process. If he is found guilty by the panel, he will not be able to compete at the Rio Games."   

However, Narsingh has cried foul play before the NADA panel in his defence by bringing up a sabotage theory.

Narsingh's coach, Jagmal, while talking to India Today, said, "He is completely innocent. He is an international level athlete, and knows about the prohibited substance. Why will he do it at this stage when the Olympics are just a couple of weeks away."

After NADA revised its CODE in 2015, Narsingh faces at least a four-year ban, if found guilty.

Narsingh had earned a quota for India in the 74 kg category at the World Championship in Las Vegas in 2015. However, that decision had been challenged by double Olympic gold medalist Sushil Kumar. But, the Delhi High Court had ruled in Narsingh's favour.

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