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first_img“The judgment was unexpected. If only they had given this “The judgment was unexpected. If only they had given this verdict earlier, we could have sent Praveen Rana,” he said. Prasood defended WFI by saying Narsingh had been cleared to take part by the Indian Olympic Association, International Olympic Committee and world wrestling body, United World Wrestling before he was sent on the flight to Rio. “There is no fault on part of the federation. NADA is the final authority on doping in India, they gave Narsingh clearance. WADA didnt directly do anything against our wrestler, they appealed to CAS. “UWW gave its nod for Narsinghs participation, IOC gave its approval. After getting these two approvals, how could we have stopped Narsingh from going to Rio? “We didnt send Narsingh with our other wrestlers as we were waiting for WADA to make a move. But they didnt do anything. If WADA wanted to appeal, why didnt they appeal before 10th? “How many days does WADA have to appeal? On August 2 we had a result from NADA, inside 24 hours WADA received the result. Narsingh left the country for Rio on 10th. WADA didnt do a thing against Narsingh until the 13th. They filed an appeal on 13th, federation didnt get any information till the 16th,” he elaborated. “We even named Praveen Rana as a replacement just in case Narsingh would have some issues going,” he said, adding “Someone from India informed WADA that NADA only cleared Narsingh due to political pressure. Thats why WADA appealed. “If we had sent Praveen Rana instead, and he had lost earlier, the media only would have questioned me that why Narsingh wasnt sent despite getting clearance,” he said. Giving another twist to the episode, Prasood said the banned drug found in Narsinghs system was generally taken by people in their fifties to gain weight. “This is not a drug to be used by an athlete. Its a drug taken by people who are over 55 years of age to gain body weight. Narsingh is already 76 kgs and he participates in the 74kg category. Why will he use it,” the WFI secretary wondered, adding it indicated that he was “intentionally given the drug by someone.” “NADA told us they got information on July 4 that Narsingh was using a banned substance. But they still havent sent the federation a copy of the letter,” Prasood said. PTI SSR NP ATK ATK BASadvertisementlast_img read more