Narsingh Yadav doping controversy: Report identifies teen accused of spiking wrestler's food

Narsingh Yadav doping controversy: Report identifies teen accused of spiking wrestler's food

The Narsingh Yadav doping controversy turned murkier when a teenage wrestler suspected of spiking his food supplements was identified on Wednesday.

According to a report on NDTV, the suspect is believed to be the brother of an international wrestler in the super-heavyweight category, and had infiltrated Narsingh's room and contaminated his food supplements, and was later identified by the cook at the Sports Authority of India's (SAI) Sonepat centre.

The report further stated that the teen had confessed to his crime.

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According to a report on The Times of India, the suspect was hanging around Narsingh's room when the latter had left for Bulgaria with the Indian team, and said that he was there "by mistake" when he was questioned about his presence.

Though there are CCTV cameras at the SAI centre, the local authorities said that footage older than 10 days cannot be obtained, leading to further problems for the bronze medallist at the 2015 World Championships.

Meanwhile, villagers of wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who tested positive in a dope test and was subsequently disqualified for the Rio Olympics, have come out in support of the "son of the soil", after his family alleged a conspiracy.

Hundreds of people in Ajgara village of Varanasi have started a demonstration in development block Sholapur demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the whole issue.

Narsingh's father Pancham Yadav and mother Bhoolna Devi said their son, a free style wrestler in 74 kg category, was innocent and did not even consume tea, forget taking steroids to boost up his energy levels.

The family alleged that wrestler Satpal and Sushil Yadav have conspired to get his son out of the Olympics.

Narsingh's family said they will hold a rally and demonstrate outside Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office in Varanasi, in case justice was not served to their son. Modi is Lok Sabha MP from Varanasi.

Several village heads, local sportspersons and politicians have lend their support to the agitation, saying Narsingh had a fairly clean record so far and if the family alleged a conspiracy there should be a fair probe into the whole matter.

With inputs from IANS

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