New Delhi, July 24: Hours after news of his failure in dope test spread like a wildfire, Indian freestyle wrestler Narsingh Yadav on Sunday defended himself and termed the development as a conspiracy against him.
"This is a conspiracy against me. It was my dream to represent India in the Olympics," Narsingh Yadav told media persons.
Barely 10 days before the start of the Olympics, Narsingh, the 74kg freestyle wrestler, failed a dope test conducted by NADA, a development which has cast doubt on his participation in Rio Games.
The development came as a huge embarrassment for India as Narsingh Yadav was among India's best bets for Olympic medal. Also, the 26-year-old won the legal battle against India's two time Olympic medal winner Sushil Kumar to get a ticket to Rio.
National Anti-Doping Director General Navin Agarwal confirmed that Narsingh's 'B' sample also tested positive for a banned steroid and he appeared before a NADA disciplinary panel on Saturday.
"Yes, he (Narsingh) tested positive for a banned steroid. His B sample was also found to be positive. Narsingh was personally present when his B sample was opened," NADA DG told PTI on Sunday (July 24).
"He appeared before a disciplinary panel yesterday. The panel sought for more reports regarding the matter. We will proceed further and I am hoping that the panel will proceed quickly. Till then we will have to wait," he added.
Asked if Narsingh will miss the Rio Olympics, Agarwal said, "It is too early to comment in that regard. We will try to complete the whole thing quickly. I cannot speculate on that."