Former wrestler Narsingh Yadav elected Chairman of Indian Wrestling Federation Athlete Panel

Varanasi . Former Commonwealth Games gold medalist Narsingh Pancham Yadav was elected the chairman of the Athletes Commission of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) here on Wednesday, completing the process mandated by the world governing body of the sport. A total of eight contenders were in the running for seven spots on the commission and seven members were selected after voting. After this he chose Narsingh for the post of Chairman of the Commission.

Team member Narsingh was in the news ahead of the 2016 Olympics when Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar requested a trial match against him even though he had missed the qualification tournament due to injury. Sushil approached the Delhi High Court and after his appeal was rejected, it was confirmed that Narsingh would go to Rio Olympics. But surprisingly, Narsingh had failed two dope tests conducted before the Olympics due to which the Sports Tribunal banned him for four years.

However, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) had cleared him saying that he came positive in the dope test due to conspiracy. The Sports Arbitration decision came just a day before Narsingh’s opening match due to which he returned from Rio without playing. His ban ended in July 2020 and he said that the incident was part of a conspiracy. The other members selected for the Athletes Commission are Sahil (Delhi), Smita A S (Kerala), Bharatiya Bhaghei (Uttar Pradesh), Khushboo S Pawar (Gujarat), Nikki (Haryana) and Shweta Dubey (Bengal).

While lifting the suspension of WAI, the international sports body UWW had said that it would be mandatory for the Sanjay Singh-led national federation to set up an Athletes Commission to resolve the complaints of wrestlers.

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