Rio Olympics: WADA appeals to CAS against clean chit to Narsingh

New Delhi: Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav's participation in the Rio Olympics was in jeopardy on Tuesday with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealing in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against the clean chit given to him. "Yes, WADA has appealed the verdict on Narsingh to CAS, which will hear both parties on Thursday August 18," Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Indian wrestling's governing body president, said on Tuesday. Narsingh is scheduled to open his Rio campaign in the 74 kilogram freestyle category on Friday, August 19, a day after the hearing is scheduled to take place.

"Our lawyer has already acknowledged the WADA letter. We will put a strong defence for Narsingh. He has a good chance of getting cleared," Brij Bhushan added. Narsingh, who bagged the quota with a bronze medal finish in last year's World Championships, first returned positive for a banned steroid following a dope test on June 25 by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). But NADA exonerated him of all the doping charges on August 1, after postponing the verdict twice in July, saying he "was a victim of sabotage done by a competitor".