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Rio-bound Indian wrestler fails drugs test, agency says

AFP, NEW DELHI

Wrestler Narsingh Yadav of India competes in the Vantaa Cup Olympic qualifying tournament in Vantaa, Finland, on May 4, 2012.

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Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav has failed a drugs test, the nation’s anti-doping agency said yesterday, raising doubts about his inclusion in the Olympic squad less than two weeks before the Rio Games begin.

Yadav, a Commonwealth Games gold medalist, qualified for next month’s Olympics in the 74kg freestyle category, but tested positive for a banned steroid during routine testing.

A subsequent sample, known as a “B” sample, was also found to be positive.

“Narsingh was personally present when his ‘B’ sample was opened,” National Anti-Doping Agency director general Navin Agarwal said. “He appeared before a disciplinary panel yesterday [Saturday]. The panel sought more reports regarding the matter,”

Agarwal said that a decision has not yet been made on removing the 26-year-old from the Rio-bound squad, adding that it was “too early to comment.”

Further hearings would be held into the case, the government said in a statement, confirming the positive test, but not naming Yadav.

There was no immediate comment from Yadav, the son of a milk vendor, who won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

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