Earlier this month, Yadav had tested positive for a banned steroid in a routine test, which had put a halt to his dream of going to Rio. The 26-year-old, however, maintained that he had been framed by his opponents in a conspiracy.
The NADA today ruled that the wrestler was a victim of “sabotage” and deserved the benefit of doubt.
Ending the suspense of the last few days, NADA chief Naveen Agarwal read out a statement clearing Yadav, leading to wild celebrations among his supporters. “We kept in mind that in the past, till June 2, none of his samples were positive. It was inconceivable that one-time ingestion would be of benefit. Therefore the panel is of the view that the one-time ingestion was not intentional,” Agarwal said, while reading out the verdict.
“The panel concludes that the athlete deserves the benefit of article 10.4 of the NADA’s anti-doping code. Keeping in view that he was victim of a sabotage, the panel exonerates the athlete from charges of anti-doping rules of NADA,” he added.