Happy to come up trumps in toughest fight of my life: Narsingh
New Delhi: Relieved after being exonerated of doping charges by the National Anti-doping Agency (NADA), Narsingh Yadav today said he is happy to come clean in what seemed to be the “toughest fight” of his life as his sole focus now is standing on the podium during the Rio Games.
Paving the way for Narsingh’s participation in Rio Games, the NADA today concluded that the wrestler was a victim of sabotage and handed him a clean chit.
“This has been the toughest fight of my life. I want to forget the entire episode now and solely focus on winning a medal at the Olympics,” Narsingh said after NADA DG Naveen Agarwal put an end to the suspense on the wrestler’s fate by exonerating him.
“Last 15 days have been mentally very very tough for me and my family. But I always believed that I would get justice as I knew that I was on the right side and did not do anything wrong. I have never ever taken anything. I was confident of getting justice.
“That is the reason why I always kept practising and never left my training,” he added.
The 26-year-old, however, said that anybody behind the sabotage should be punished.
“Anybody who has done anything wrong should be punished so that no one else has to go through something like this,” insisted Narsingh.
He thanked the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), the media and his fans for supporting him.
“I am very happy and I am hopeful of winning a medal at the Olympics. Truth has won. This will ensure that nothing like this happens with any other player. It is a huge win,” Narsingh said.
“I am really grateful to everyone who from the WFI to media to my countrymen for supporting me and showing so much faith in me. I would be leaving no stone unturned to repay their faith and certainly win a medal for India at the Rio Olympics.”
Narsingh’s Olympics ticket depends on wrestling world body (United World Wrestling) and International Olympic Council (IOC) accepting back his name in the men’s 74kg freestyle category.
WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said the process to get Narsingh back in the Rio squad has been set in motion.
“We have already started the process of sending the letter to the UWW and IOC for considering Narsingh’s name for 74kg,” said the president.