Sources said the panel was also waiting for a report from the Haryana Police regarding the criminal case filed by Narsingh Yadav against certain people for spiking his diet. The case was filed on Wednesday. The lawyers had indicated a result was likely by Saturday or Monday. But Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) officials admitted that they were only thinking of saving his career at the moment.
“The kind of mental stress he has undergone in the last 10 days cannot be undone in even 10 months. Olympics is not just another tournament, you need both physical and mental strength to perform well there. We believe in his innocence but we also admit that we do not feel he is in any shape to be a strong medal contender any more. What we want now is to ensure that he comes out of this mess and starts working towards the 2020 Games,” a federation official said.
“He is talented and only 26, there is a lot of wrestling left in him still. We want him to strive for the Tokyo Games, get a medal there and prove himself to the world,” the official added. Till now both the WFI and the IOA had maintained that a clean chit to Narsingh may still see him board the flight to Rio.
NADA lawyer Gaurang Kanth had no information till late on Friday night about when the judgement was likely. NADA had sought a minimum ban of 2-4 years for the offence under WADA rules even though the defence has sought remission citing no fault or something misshapining, According to the media reports,