With his Olympic dream in jeopardy after a failed dope test, wrestler Narsingh Yadav today claimed there was a conspiracy against him after he failed a dope test.
"This is a conspiracy against me. I have never taken any banned substance," said Narsingh.
Narsingh, who was picked ahead of the double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar to represent India at the Rio Games in 74kg Freestyle category, has been handed provisional suspension and virtually ruled out of next month's Olympics.
The 26-year-old wrestler's Olympics accreditation has also been withheld.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has also cried foul, claiming that Narsingh has a clean history and it seems to be a sabotage.
"It is a sabotage, foul play. Narsingh has a very clean history. It's clearly a conspiracy against him," WFI sources told PTI.
Narsingh Yadav's coach Jagmal Singh commenting on the failed dope test. "The news of Narsingh having failed the test has come as a huge shock for us. I am sure it's a conspiracy to defame and sabotage my wrestler's chances," Times of India quoted Singh as saying.
Narsingh's chances of going to Rio look bleak but even Sushil Kumar is set to miss the flight.
"Decision on the representation in 74kg is to be taken later but in all likelihood, there would be no Indian representation in 74kg category in Rio Games because the date of entry of the athletes is over," the source added.
National Anti-Doping Director General Navin Agarwal confirmed that Narsingh's 'B' sample also tested positive for a banned substance and he appeared before a NADA disciplinary panel yesterday. Sources said that he had returned positive for methandienone -- a banned anabolic steroid.