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CBI may soon start formal probe in Narsingh Yadav doping scandal

CBI sources said they have received a reference from the PMO through Department of Personnel and Training.

Published: 19th September 2016 08:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th September 2016 09:28 PM   |  A+A-

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Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav | AP

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday has received complaint and the material received from the Prime Minister’s Office in regard to doping scandal allegedly involving wrestler Narsingh Yadav.

A senior CBI officer said they have received a reference from the Prime Minister’s Office through Department of Personnel and Training and will soon take over investigations in the case. “We have received the complaint and other documents related to the case. We have initiated inquiry into the the complaint,” the officer said.

The sources said they are examining the material which has been submitted with the complaint filed by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). After examining the documents, the agency will make a formal probe in the form of preliminary enquiry.

The wrestler was slapped with a four-year ban last month by the Court of Arbitration (CAS) during the Olympics barring him from the Games. After the development, the Wrestling Federation of India had been demanding a CBI probe into the matter.

He was tested positive for banned substance for about 20 days ahead of the start of the Olympic Games at Rio.

After he was tested positive for banned substance, Yadav had alleged conspiracy against him saying his food and drinks were spiked at Sports Authority of India hostel in Sonepat in Haryana. He, however, had failed to provide any substantial theory to substantiate his allegations.

He was debarred from representing India at the Rio Games in 74 kg freestyle wrestling event but later National Anti Doping Agency allowed him to participate in the game as it accepted the sabotage allegation of the wrestler.

During the course of the Games, the Court of Arbitration slapped a ban on him for flunking a dope test following World Anti-Doping Agency’s challenge to the clean chit given to him by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) just three days ahead of his scheduled opening bout at the Olympics.

However, during the hearing at Rio de Janeiro, World Anti-Doping Agency had said that if any decision was rendered at a later stage by a criminal court in India, which confirmed the alleged sabotage, then any award made by the ad-hoc panel could be reviewed by the Supreme Court in Switzerland.

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