Olympic-bound Indian wrestler Sumit Malik has been provisionally suspended after failing a dope take a look at throughout the latest Qualifiers in Bulgaria.
Malik, the 2018 Commonwealth Video games gold-medallist, had certified for the Tokyo Olympics within the 125kg class on the Bulgaria occasion, which was the final probability for wrestlers to earn quotas. The 28-year-old’s dream of competing on the occasion beginning July 23 appears nearly as good as over with this.
“The UWW (United World Wrestling) knowledgeable the Wrestling Federation of India yesterday that Sumit has failed the dope take a look at. Now he has to present his B pattern on June 10,” a WFI supply instructed PTI.
Malik has been nursing a knee damage that he suffered throughout the nationwide camp earlier than the Olympic Qualifiers started at totally different venues. He had competed on the Asian Qualifiers in Almaty in April however didn’t reach incomes the quota. He then competed on the Asian Championship on the similar venue and returned with a medal-less efficiency.
Nonetheless, on the World Olympic Qualifiers in Sofia held in Might, Malik earned the quota by reaching the ultimate, which he forfeited because of the similar damage.
To let his injured knee heal utterly earlier than the Olympics, Malik was additionally planning to skip the publicity journey to Poland that the WFI had organized for its Tokyo-bound group.
“He will need to have taken one thing unknowingly. Possibly he was taking some Ayurvedic medication to deal with his injured knee and which may have contained some banned substances,” stated the supply.
“However these wrestlers ought to have been cautious, they know the dangers concerned by taking such medicines,” he added.
If Malik’s B pattern additionally returns optimistic, he will be banned from the game.
He has the correct to problem the suspension however it’s clear that by the point listening to takes place and a verdict comes out, he would miss competing on the Olympics.
India earned eight wrestling quotas for the Tokyo version of the Video games with 4 males and as many ladies wrestlers qualifying.