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Rio-bound Indian wrestler fails drugs test, agency says


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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