Wrestler Narsingh Yadav failed a dope test for a banned steroid and his Rio Olympics accreditation has been reportedly withheld by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).
The Sports Ministry confirmed that a wrestler had failed a dope test but it did not name Narsingh, who booked his Rio berth after claiming a bronze medal in the 74 kg competition of the World Championships last year in Las Vegas.
The NADA conducted a random dope test on Yadav on 5 July at the Sports Authority of India's regional centre in Sonepat where he reportedly received death threats.
Interestingly, Narsingh was selected for the Rio Olympics in controversial circumstances as double Olympic medalist Sushil Singh had also staked his claim to represent the country in 74kg freestyle.
But Narsingh was chosen as he had earned the Olympic quota in the World Championships last year. Narsingh had to fight a lengthy legal battle with two-time Olympics medalist Sushil, also in the same category, to get the chance to compete for India at the Olympics.
After the news broke down on Sunday about Narsingh's failed dope test, Sushil Kumar posted this a photo on Instagram.
Here's what the photo says: Respect should be earned not demanded. Jai Hind!!
While it may or may not be directly connected to the failure of Narsingh's dope test, the timing of the photo, coupled with the animosity between the two, does make the intent of the image open to questions.
Sushil Kumar's coach Satpal Singh called Narsingh's failed dope test a huge injustice on the nation. "If the news (that Narsingh Yadav has failed a dope test) is true, then its a huge treachery towards the nation," Satpal told Indian Express.
With inputs from agencies.