Two days after wrestler Narsingh Yadav was handed a four-year ban for doping violation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the WFI has demanded a CBI probe into the entire fiasco that forced India to forego its participation in the 74kg freestyle category at the Rio Olympics.
The federation has also questioned the timing of its appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). “The Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh feels that the World Anti-Doping Agency’s timing of appeal against the NADA clean chit to Narsingh was suspect.
“He has also objected to the CAS hearing being held just hours before the competition started in Rio,” the WFI said in a statement.
“The notice from CAS came at such a time that neither could Narsingh bring his lawyer to Rio to argue his case nor could a replacement be arranged for the 74kg category by the WFI,” it added.
The WADA had, as per protocol, issued the notice to India’s chef-de-mission Rakesh Gupta on August 13, and the hearing was initially scheduled for August 16.
According to WFI, the chef-de-mission failed to inform either the athlete or the federation on time, leading to a rescheduling of the hearing on August 18, hours before Narsingh’s opening bout.