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India to lose one Tokyo Olympics wrestling quota after Sumit Malik fails dope test

Sumit Malik was one of many athletes unveiling India’s uniform for the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday afternoon. By late night, it turned out the wrestler won’t be capable to don the blue jersey himself.

On the day The Indian The Press Reporter reported that one Olympics-bound wrestler had failed a dope take a look at, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) confirmed that it was Malik. The heavyweight wrestler examined optimistic for a prohibited substance throughout final month’s Olympic qualifying event in Sofia, Bulgaria.

United World Wrestling (UWW), the game’s governing physique, provisionally suspended the 28-year-old for six months on Thursday. Until the UWW expedites the listening to course of to complete it earlier than the Video games start on July 23, Malik won’t be able to compete in Tokyo. Even when the method is full by then, his probabilities to compete look slim. And because the failed take a look at occurred throughout a qualifying event, India will consequently lose the 125kg weight class quota.

WFI secretary VN Prasood stated they have been knowledgeable about Malik’s alleged doping violation on Thursday evening.

“We obtained communication on Thursday evening that Sumit’s pattern collected throughout the Olympic qualifying event had returned optimistic. The UWW has provisionally suspended him and India has additionally misplaced its quota in that class. It’s unlucky,” Prasood stated.

The grappler, a product of New Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium, had gained gold on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games, and silver on the Asian Championship the 12 months earlier than.

Malik, who didn’t remark when contacted, examined optimistic for a stimulant referred to as methylhexanamine. One of many first instances reported on using this drug concerned Yohan Blake. The sprinter was one of many 5 Jamaican athletes who examined optimistic for the substance in 2009.

Since then, lots of of athletes, together with a number of on the 2010 Commonwealth Video games, have examined optimistic for the drug because it was generally present in dietary supplements. As soon as used as a nasal decongestant, the drug helps athletes enhance their metabolic charge and make the burden discount course of simpler.

The World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) has categorised the drug as a ‘specified’ substance, that means that if the athlete can show the use was unintentional, he can get away with a lowered sanction.

Malik was amongst eight Indian wrestlers who had certified for the Olympics. He did so by reaching the ultimate of the final qualifying event held in Sofia, battling an damage and primarily grappling on one leg.

Heading into the event, Malik claimed he had been nursing a knee damage that he suffered throughout the nationwide camp. The ache, he stated, was one of many causes he hadn’t been in a position to safe a quota on the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Almaty, Kazakhstan in April.

Weeks later, he reached the ultimate of the qualifiers in Bulgaria and booked the quota. Nonetheless, he conceded the ultimate citing the identical damage. Malik was one of many wrestlers set to compete in a rating event in Warsaw, Poland, later this month. Nonetheless, his identify has been withdrawn from the squad.

That is the second-straight Olympics the place an Indian wrestler has failed a dope take a look at. In 2016, Narsingh Yadav, who had certified within the 74kg class, couldn’t compete on the Rio Video games after he, too, examined optimistic weeks earlier than the opening ceremony.

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