The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) will take a call on Narsingh Yadav's fate on Thursday, after adjourning a hearing on Wednesday. The dark clouds are just not clearing for Narsingh as he failed the second dope test as well.
Narsingh lodged an FIR against a couple of young wrestlers at the Sonepat Police Station on Wednesday. He claimed that his food at the SAI centre was contaminated.
The hearing on Wednesday lasted for almost three and a half hours, despite Narsingh failing the second dope test, from a sample taken on July 5.
Narsingh was not only accompanied by his lawyer Vidushpat Singhania but also his supporters who demanded justice for the grappler, who was supposed to feature in 74kg freestyle event at the Rio Olympics 2016.
"We have put Narsingh's argument. We have full faith in the NADA panel. We are trying to convince them. We are hopeful he will be exonerated. NADA panel is helpful. We have presented our argument today and panel was very patient and we had a very fair hearing. NADA will present their case on Thursday," Singhania was quoted as saying by PTI.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), who are backing the wrestler, announced Praveen Rana as the replacement for Narsingh at the Rio Olympics, in case the latter's appeals fail to make an impact. This decision was even approved by the international governing body of the sport - United World Wrestling.
"I have always maintained that there has been a conspiracy against me. If I am cleared of the charges, I will go to Rio. I have identified the boy who was seen contaminating my food. I have given a detailed complaint to the police," Narsingh told reporters after filing his complaint. I feel even officials are involved because I am not being provided the CCTV footage," Narsingh said.
Now, Narsingh's dream of making India proud at the Rio Olympics 2016 is in the hands of NADA.