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Indian 74 kg wrestler Yadav issued four-year doping ban

19th Commonwealth Games - Day 6: Wrestling

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 09: Narsingh Pancham Yadav of India celebrates after winning gold in the men’s 74KG Wrestling at IG Sports Complex during day six of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 9, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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Originally scheduled to compete in Friday’s qualification round of the 74 kg wrestling competition, India’s Narsingh Yadav will not have that opportunity due to a ruling by the Center of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

On Thursday the CAS ruled in the favor of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), handing Yadav a four-year ban after failing two drug test for the substance methandienone earlier this summer. Per the CAS release Yadav argued that he was the victim of food tampering, an argument that was ultimately denied. Yadav took bronze in the 74 kg weight class at last year’s World Championships in Las Vegas and was viewed as a medal contender in Rio.

With Yadav now out of the competition, France’s Zelimkhan Khadjiev will automatically move into the Round of 16 where he’ll wrestle either Japan’s Sohsuke Takatani or Australia’s Talgat Ilyasov.

Also competing in the 74 kg weight class is American Jordan Burroughs, the reigning Olympic (2012) and World (2015) champion.