Narsingh Pancham Yadav

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Narsingh Pancham Yadav
Personal information
Nationality  India
Born (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 27)
Uttar Pradesh, India
Occupation Wrestler
Website http://www.narsinghyadav.com/

Narsingh Pancham Yadav (born 6 August 1989) is an Indian wrestler. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he won the gold medal in the men's freestyle 74 kg category.[1] He has been banned for 4 years and debarred from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after the World Anti-Doping Agency appealed against the decision of the National Anti-Doping Agency to allow him to compete even after he failed an doping test testing positive for anabolic steroids which they claimed had been sabotaged by a rival to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[2][3]

Personal life and family[edit]

Narsingh Yadav is the son of Pancham Yadav and Bhulna Devi from eastern Uttar Pradesh. Narsingh and his brother Vinod both lived with their father Pancham, a milk distributor in Mumbai, while his mother lived in the Neema village in Varanasi district, where she looked after farming in their 2 bigha land. Both the brothers became wrestlers. Yadav has been training since he was 13 and is currently a resident of suburban Jogeshwari in Mumbai. Narsingh is a DSP with the Maharashtra Government.[4]

Career[edit]

He won a gold medal in the Asian championships, in freestyle 74 kg, in 2010.

2010 Commonwealth Games[edit]

At the Games held at home in New Delhi, India, Narsingh Yadav was a last-minute replacement and competed in the men's freestyle 74 kg category.

He managed to surprise everyone and won the gold medal, beating Richard Brian Addinall of South Africa in the gold medal bout.[5]

2011 Commonwealth Championship[edit]

In Melbourne, Australia, Narsingh finished second in the Commonwealth Championship and won the silver medal, losing in the final bout to Cleopas Ncube of Canada.[6]

2012 Olympics[edit]

At the Olympics in London, Narsingh Yadav lost his opening bout against Matt Gentry of Canada in the 74 kg freestyle event and was knocked out of the tournament.[7]

2014 Asian Games[edit]

In the Round of 16 in Incheon, South Korea, Narsingh lost 1:3 to Rashid Kurbanov of Uzbekistan. With the Uzbek grappler qualifying for the final, Narsingh was able to compete for a medal through the repechage round where he first faced Ramazan Kambarov of Turkmenistan and beat him 4:1. In the bronze medal bout, he was successful in securing the bronze medal with a 3:1 win over Daisuke Shimada of Japan.[8][9]

In honour of his bronze medal, Narsingh, along with Seema Punia was awarded a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh by the state government of Uttar Pradesh.[10]

2015–present[edit]

At the 2015 Asian Wrestling Championships, Yadav, who has been included in the 74 kg category in the absence of double-Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar, lost to Daisuke Shimada of Japan 9–12 in the qualification round, but qualified for the repechage round after the latter reached the final. In his repechage bout, he defeated Byungmin Kong of South Korea 15–4 to enter the bronze-medal play-off. He bagged 3–1 classification points to outplay Zhiger Zakirov of Kazakhstan and won the bronze medal.[11][12]

Competing at the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas, Yadav won 3:1 in the first round over Hanoch Rachamin of Israel. His next opponent was Soener Demirtas of Turkey whom he beat 3:1. In the third round, Narsingh was up against Livan Lopez Azcuy of Cuba and won 4:1. In the fourth round, he lost 3:1 to Unurbat Purevjav of Mongolia. This allowed him to contest for the bronze medal bout which he won a comfortable 5:0 over Zelimkhan Khadjiev of France.[13]

The bronze medal bout made news across India not just for his spectacular comeback but also because of one particular move – the 'Dhak' move used in dangals or local wrestling clubs across India. Yadav's assistant coach Jagmal Singh who had coached Yadav for ten years recounted, "It’s called Dhak. It’s a showboating wrestling move that people use on mud-courts during big village-based tournaments. It's a crowd pleaser. But very difficult to pull off accurately."[14]

2016 Olympics controversy[edit]

Having won bronze at the World Championships qualified Yadav to the 2016 Rio Olympics but Sushil Kumar who had missed the 2016 Rio Olympics qualification event due to injury in which Narsingh secured the berth for India asked for a trial between himself and Narsingh and moved the Delhi High Court and only after his appeal was rejected that it was confirmed that Narsingh was going to the 2016 Rio Olympics.[15] However, he failed two anti-doping tests, conducted on 25 June and 5 July 2016, testing positive for metandienone, which he asserted was to "sabotage" his chances of competing at the Olympics, following which he was given a clean chit by NADA.[16] The World Anti-Doping Agency challenged the decision and moved the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and a day prior to his first bout at the Olympics, on 18 August 2016, he was handed a four-year ban by the latter.[17]

Pro Wrestling League[edit]

For the inaugural edition of the Pro Wrestling League, Narsingh was bought by the Bangalore franchise, owned by JSW Sport, during the auction conducted in New Delhi. The World Championship bronze medallist was the marquee player picked up by the Bangalore franchise for Rs 34.5 lakh.[18]

The Pro Wrestling League is scheduled to kick off from the 10th of December till the 27th of December.[19]

Felicitations and awards[edit]

During the legendary Pele's visit to India to attend the final of the Subroto Cup, Narsingh was invited to a special dinner hosted by the organisers of the Subroto Cup and felicitated for his contributions to the sport of wrestling in India.[20]

Other titles[edit]

  • Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, 2012 – Fourth place[21]

Controversy[edit]

Yadav is likely to face an enquiry, after which a decision will be taken on whether to extend his training or dismiss him.[22] On June 6, 2016, Narsingh Yadav was virtually eligible for the Rio Olympics after the trial request by Sushil Kumar was rejected by the High court.[23]

On June 25 Narsingh Provisionally failed dope test which made the wrestlers chances of going to Rio Olympics more bleak. Just within 10 days, the wrestler failed a second dope test which was conducted on July 5.[24] Although NADA cleared him from dope test failure, WADA did not confirm on his clean chit even till 16 August 2016, with wrestling event starting in Rio on 14 August. He has been banned for 4 years and debarred from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after the World Anti-Doping Agency appealed against the decision of the National Anti-Doping Agency to allow him to compete even after he failed a doping test testing positive for anabolic steroids[25][26] . It is believed popularly and claimed that the doping saga was a sabotage by a rival group bent upon preventing him from participating in the Olympics 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Hindu
  2. ^ "Rio Games: Narsingh Yadav's Olympic dream over after 4-year doping suspension". The Times of India. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Narsingh Yadav's Rio dreams over, wrestler handed four-year ban by Court of Arbitration". India Today. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.topnews.in/sports/gold-mumbai-man-does-india-proud-213464
  5. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  6. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  7. ^ "Wrestler Narsingh Yadav bows out of London Olympics". Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  8. ^ "Asian Games 2014: Bajrang bags silver, Narsingh Yadav grapples bronze in wrestling". The Indian Express. 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  9. ^ "Athletes_Profile | Biographies | Sports". www.incheon2014ag.org. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  10. ^ "Asian Games: Uttar Pradesh Government Announces Cash Awards for Seema Punia, Narsingh Pancham Yadav". NDTVSports.com. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  11. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  12. ^ "Wrestling: Vinesh bags silver; Narsingh Yadav wins bronze in Asian championship". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  14. ^ "Dhak-knight rises: Narsingh Yadav won with blockbuster move". The Indian Express. 2015-09-16. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  15. ^ "Sushil Kumar's Olympic dreams over, Narsingh Yadav set for Rio". India Today. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "After NADA clearance, wrestler Narsingh Yadav sets sight on Rio 2016 Olympics". The Indian Express. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "Narsingh Yadav banned for four years, out of Rio 2016 Olympics". The Indian Express. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "JSW bags Narsingh at Pro Wrestling League Auction". Times of India. timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  19. ^ "Pro Wrestling League: Yogeshwar Dutt gets Rs 39.7-lakh offer, Sushil Kumar Rs 38.2 lakh – The Economic Times". The Economic Times. 2015-11-04. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  20. ^ "Zico Gets Compatriot Pele Backing for FIFA Top Job". 2015-10-16. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  21. ^ "International Wrestling Database". www.iat.uni-leipzig.de. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  22. ^ "CWG gold medalist grappler Narsingh Yadav's job prospects hit by copying in exam, likely to face suspension". 2014-07-03. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  23. ^ SportsCafeIND (2016-06-06). "Sushil Kumar's Olympic dream over, HC dismisses plea". SportsCafe.in. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  24. ^ "Dope Test: Narsingh fails second dope test, Olympic hopes fade". thehindu.com. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Rio Games: Narsingh Yadav's Olympic dream over after 4-year doping suspension". The Times of India. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  26. ^ "Narsingh Yadav's Rio dreams over, wrestler handed four-year ban by Court of Arbitration". India Today. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 

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