October 6, 2022

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 have the ability to don the blue jersey himself.

On the day The Indian Specific reported that one Olympics-bound wrestler had failed a dope check, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) confirmed that it was Malik. The heavyweight wrestler examined constructive 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. Except the UWW expedites the listening to course of to complete it earlier than the Video games start on July 23, Malik will be unable to compete in Tokyo. Even when the method is full by then, his probabilities to compete look slim. And for the reason that failed check occurred throughout a qualifying event, India will consequently lose the 125kg weight class quota.

WFI secretary VN Prasood stated they had been knowledgeable about Malik’s alleged doping violation on Thursday night time.

“We obtained communication on Thursday night time that Sumit’s pattern collected through the Olympic qualifying event had returned constructive. 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 constructive 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 constructive for the substance in 2009.

Since then, tons of of athletes, together with a number of on the 2010 Commonwealth Video games, have examined constructive 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 fee and make the load 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 diminished 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 through the nationwide camp. The ache, he stated, was one of many causes he hadn’t been capable of 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. Nevertheless, 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. Nevertheless, his title has been withdrawn from the squad.

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

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