Bajrang Punia temporarily suspended, wrestler gave clarification, accused NADA of giving ‘expired kit’

New Delhi. Bajrang Punia has recently been temporarily suspended for refusing to provide his sample for dope test during the national trials. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is planning to complain to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), accusing the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) of keeping it ‘in the dark’ over the matter. Bajrang was given temporary suspension by NADA on April 23. They were asked to send their reply by May 7 to avoid further disciplinary action. The trials to select the men’s national team for the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Bishkek were held in Sonipat on March 10 and Bajrang left the competition venue without giving his urine sample after losing his match.

On his suspension, Bajrang said that he never refused to give his sample to NADA officials. Accusing NADA of giving ‘expired kit’, he wrote on ‘X’, “I want to clarify the news coming about me for the dope test. I never refused to give the sample to NADA officials, I requested them to answer me as to what steps they took or what action they took on the ‘expired kit’ they had earlier brought to collect my sample. Give it and then take my dope test.” He said, ”My lawyer Vidush Singhania will reply to this letter in due course of time.”

If Bajrang fails to give his answer in the stipulated time, he will be out of the race for Paris Olympic qualification. Meanwhile, WFI president Sanjay Singh expressed surprise that NADA did not inform him about Bajrang’s suspension. “It is really surprising that NADA did not inform us while suspending Bajrang,” Sanjay told PTI. I had a meeting with the NADA Director General and other officials on April 25 and this matter was not raised in that meeting.

“They keep communicating with us on matters like accommodation conditions, the long list (potential contenders for the Paris Olympics) etc. We even discussed about the recently held Federation Cup, where they sent officials to collect samples from the winners.” He said, ”They did not tell us about Bajrang Punia’s suspension. I called NADA officials this morning and they had no response to my query. Now I am planning to write a letter to NADA and inform WADA about this. Earlier, there were reports that Vinesh Phogat had also initially refused to give her sample after winning the women’s 50 kg trial in Patiala. Had refused.

Sanjay said, “Nobody told us whose samples were taken after the trials (in Sonipat and Patiala) and what came out of those samples. Just imagine, if Bajrang had come to compete in the Federation Cup, we would have given him permission because we had no information that he had been suspended.” The world qualifiers for the Olympics will be held in Turkey from May 9. . This will be the last chance for Indian wrestlers to get a quota for the Paris Games. Four female wrestlers from India have so far achieved Olympic quota. This includes the names of Vinesh (50 kg), Anand Panghal (53 kg), Anshu Malik (57 kg) and Ritika Hooda (76 kg).

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