Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav's case has been forwarded to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh confirmed on Friday.
Yadav, 27, who was scheduled to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympics last month, saw all his dreams dashed after the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) stopped the Indian athlete from participating in the 74kg freestyle wrestling event just a day before. He was also banned for four years.
Singh met PMO (Prime Minister's Office) officials at the end of last month and requested them to hand over the wrestler's case to the CBI -- the country's premier investigating agency.
Yadav was engulfed in a doping controversy as he tested positive for methandienone, a banned substance used mostly by bodybuilders, on July 23. Both his samples, taken on June 25 and July 5, tested positive. He had claimed that his drink was spiked with the drug when he was practising.
"The President, Wrestling Federation of India, met PMO after arriving from Rio (de Janeiro) and requested the case of Narsingh Yadav may please be forwarded to CBI for further investigation," the WFI statement read.
"Today, Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, MP, President, WFI, has confirmed that the case of Narsingh Yadav has been referred to CBI for further investigation," the statement added.
Narsingh Yadav received clearance from the NADA (National Anti Doping Agency) as well as the United World Wrestling, the world's amateur wrestling governing body, but not by the WADA, which moved the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to overturn the NADA ruling.