Tokyo delayed opening to poisoned Indian wrestlers


MUMBAI (Reuters) – The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic may have opened the door for poisoned Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav to fulfill his dream of winning the Olympic medal.

FILE PHOTO: Narsingh Pancham Yadav of India raised the national flag when he won a gold medal in the men's 74kg freestyle wrestling match at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 9, 2010. REUTERS / Krishnendu Halder

Yadav was awarded a four-year doping ban just hours before his first match at the Rio Olympics after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) won an appeal against an earlier exemption.

An Indian anti-doping disciplinary committee previously ruled a free wrestler who was the victim of Islamic vandalism and erased him to compete at the 2016 Olympics.

While the ban will make Yadav unable to calculate for Tokyo, the decision to bring the Olympics back in 2021 may have given him another Olympic opportunity.

This is the destiny that this opportunity came to me, Mount Yadav told the Hindustan Times newspaper.

This is not the time to feel excited because our world and our country is facing a great crisis. But yes, I will find a way to return to the show by the time the ban ends in July.

Yadav was expected to compete in the 74kg freestyle category in Rio after guaranteeing India's arrival at the Olympics by winning bronze at the 2015 World Championship.

However, Sushil Kumar, who won a bronze medal at 66kg in Beijing in 2008 …

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