He tested positive for metadienone, an anabolic steroid. But Narsingh is adamant that he's not at fault and claims that he has been framed. In an interview with The Indian Express, Narsingh said the following:
"It’s a conspiracy against me. They have planned everything. I have been wrestling for the last 15 years. I have been to so many international competitions and have been tested several times. I have undergone almost 25-30 dope tests and cleared each and every one. Whenever NADA [India's anti-doping agency] guys have come, I have given my sample to them without any fuss. It is my duty to do that.
"Someone is trying to frame me on purpose. They are trying to stop me from going to the Olympics. There should be a proper investigation and those involved behind this should be given a strict punishment and I should be sent to Rio."
While Narsingh declined to implicate any specific people, he also told The Indian Express that he received around-the-clock security in June after a death threat was made against him. Narsingh also claimed that the drug in his system would be "of no use in wrestling."
The Wrestling Federation of India is backing Narsingh on his claims of a conspiracy. Organization president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh told India's Mail Today that he "believes Narsingh is an innocent guy" and has asked the government to conduct an inquiry into the situation.
The original selection of Narsingh was not without controversy. Narsingh earned a quota spot for India by winning a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships and was slated to be India's representative in the 74kg division. But then two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar staked his claim to the spot and said that he should be given the chance to compete against Narsingh in an Olympic selection trial. Sushil took the matter to the Delhi High Court, but his plea was ultimately dismissed, and Narsingh was awarded the quota spot.
An official from the Sports Authority of India told the Press Trust of India that there was "no chance" of Sushil replacing Narsingh at the Olympics, as the deadline for submitting entries had passed.
For his part, Sushil tweeted that the situation was "unfortunate" and said that he would always support his fellow wrestlers.
Top wrestlers set to compete in the 74kg freestyle weight class in Rio include reigning Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs of the United States, Russia's Aniuar Geduev, Iran's Hassan Yazdani and Mongolia's Purevjav Unurbat.]]>
Reigning world 100-meter breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova is among four Russian swimmers withdrawn by the Russian swimming federation because they previously served doping bans, FINA said. The others are Natalya Lovtsova, Anastasia Krapivina and Mikhail Dovgalyuk.
The International Olympic Committee on Sunday said Russian athletes with previous doping bans would be banned from the Rio Games. That followed the IOC's decision not to ban the entire Russian team over allegations of state-sponsored doping.
FINA said three more swimmers were identified by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren when he examined evidence that Russian government officials ordered the cover-up of hundreds of doping tests.
They are 2008 Olympic silver and 2012 bronze medalist Nikita Lobintsev, bronze medalist Vladimir Morozov and world junior record holder Daria Ustinova.
Russia's top Olympic official, Alexander Zhukov, told Russian agency R-Sport that he now believed a total of 13 Russians would be ineligible due to previous doping bans. They would be withdrawn from the team, he added.
The 13 are likely to include athletes in swimming, cycling, weightlifting, wrestling and rowing.
On Sunday, the IOC's executive board asked individual global sports federations to decide on the entry of Russian athletes, and announced new eligibility criteria.
The rules prohibit Russia from sending to the Rio Games any athletes who have previously served doping bans. Sports federations can also reject Russian entries if they have not undergone enough international drug testing. Results of Russian tests will not be accepted following allegations of routine cover-ups at Moscow's anti-doping laboratory.
It remains unclear whether there could be legal challenges to the IOC criteria. A similar IOC measure, known as the Osaka Rule, which would have prohibited any athletes who had received doping bans from competing in the subsequent Olympics, was declared invalid by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Zhukov said the IOC's latest criteria violated the "principle of equality" because they only applied to Russia, although he has previously ruled out legal action.
However, Russian Swimming Federation president Vladimir Salnikov told the state Tass agency that the four swimmers cut from its team "have the chance to appeal to CAS." Efimova's agent, Andrei Mitkov, told Russia's Sportbox website that she intended to file an appeal if she was not allowed to compete.
Russia's track and field athletes remain barred from the games by the IAAF, a decision upheld last week by CAS and accepted by the IOC.
Now, with the Aug. 5 Opening Ceremony approaching, it is up to the remaining 27 international sports federations to vet Russian athletes on an individual basis.
The archery federation said Monday it had approved the entry of three Russian archers after determining they have no links to doping.
World Archery said it was satisfied that the three female Russian archers nominated for the games had been tested "extensively" and have never been sanctioned for doping. They were listed as Tuiana Dashidorzhieva, Ksenia Perova and Inna Stepanova.
Archery was not implicated in the World Anti-Doping Agency report released last week by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, which accused Russia of covering up doping in 20 summer Olympic sports.
Russian archers have been targeted for additional testing, both in and out of competition, since the report was released, the federation said.
"No Russian archery athlete has received an adverse analytical finding," it said, adding that it would submit its findings to the IOC.
The International Tennis Federation said Sunday it expects Russia's eight-player Olympic tennis team to be eligible for the games. The ITF said the players "have been subject to a rigorous anti-doping testing program outside Russia."
The International Equestrian Federation said there was no indication of doping within Russia's five-rider team.
Russian cyclist Ilnur Zakarin, who won a stage during the Tour de France which ended Sunday, could be ruled out because he served a two-year ban after testing positive for a steroid in 2009.
The International Judo Federation, whose honorary president is Russia's President Vladimir Putin, said it has already tested 84 percent of the 389 athletes from 136 countries who are qualified to compete in Rio. It made no mention of the 11 Russian judo athletes entered.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said it "has taken note" of the IOC ruling and "shall fully adhere to it." It said it would establish a "pool of Russian eligible athletes." Gymnastics was not mentioned in the McLaren report.
Boxing's governing body, AIBA, said it was examining Russia's entrants. Eleven Russian boxers have boxers for Rio, including reigning world champions Vitaly Dunaytsev and Evgeny Tishchenko.
"We are reviewing and analyzing, on a case by case basis, the anti-doping record of the 11 Russian boxers currently qualified for Rio 2016," AIBA said. "This information and the decision of AIBA in respect of the athlete's eligibility will be submitted to the IOC for confirmation in due course."]]>
For a sport that doesn't get the attention of some of the more well-known ones, whitewater canoe and kayak has plenty of action and drama.
A few things to look for in whitewater canoe/kayak at the Rio Olympics next month:
THE LOWDOWN: The four canoe/kayak slalom events will be held Aug. 7-11, with medals award the final three days. Men compete in single and double canoe, along with kayak. Women compete in kayak only. The races will take place at the Whitewater Stadium in Deodoro on a steep 250-meter course that has between 18 and 25 gates. Green gates are negotiated with the current, red against it. Paddlers are assessed a two-second penalty for hitting a gate and 50 seconds for missing one completely.
EUROPEAN DOMINANCE: European countries have dominated the sport since its inception at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and show no signs of letting loose of their stranglehold. In men's canoe slalom (C1), European counties have won every medal but one since the 1992 Barcelona Games, when the sport was put back into the Olympic program after a 20-year absence. Europe has accounted for all but one medal in kayak (K1) and 16 of 18 medals in two-person canoe (C2) during that span. Women have had a little better chance breaking through the European stronghold, with paddlers from the U.S. and Australia combining for six of the 18 medals since Barcelona.
AMERICAN MEN: The United States team has two paddlers with solid chances to earn medals in Rio. Kayaker Michal Smolen, who emigrated from Poland as a child, was unable to compete at the 2012 London Games due to questions about his citizenship, but should make a strong run to the podium this time around. Smolen earned bronze at the 2015 world championships and has times that compare to the best paddlers in the world. Not bad for someone who was terrified of the water when he first started kayaking at 8. Canoeist Casey Eichfield will be competing in his third straight Olympics and will try to pull off a double, competing in C1 and C2 with Devin McEwan. Eichfield finished fourth at world championships and was in the top 15 his previous two Olympics.
NEE'S RELIEF: Women's kayaker Ashley Nee had a rough road to her first Olympics. She qualified for the 2008 Beijing Games, but injured a shoulder during a test event and wasn't able to completely recover in time for the Olympic trials, finishing fourth. Nee had enough points to qualify for the 2012 London Games, but was edged out by Caroline Queen on a tiebreaker. Nee won the Olympic trials this May, yet still didn't have a spot secured; she had to await a decision by the International Canoe Federation to award the United States an additional athlete quota spot. Now at 27, she's headed to her first Olympics.
C1 OPENING: Men's single canoe has been dominated by two paddlers the past five Olympics: Michal Martikan of Slovakia and France's Tony Estanguet. Starting with the 1996 Atlanta Games, those two won every gold medal in C1; three by Estanguet and two by Martikan. There will be a different champion in Rio after Estanguet retired and Martikan, the only canoe slalomist to win five Olympic gold medals, failed to make the Slovakian team for Rio.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Kayaker Jirí Prskavec of the Czech Republic is the type of paddler who could be uncatchable if he's on his game. His father, Jiri, was a two-time Olympian and the younger Prskavec has a chance to make bigger waves in Rio. He was the 2015 world champion and has five medals in world championship competition.]]>
Eaton, the 2012 Olympic decathlon champion for the U.S., and Theisen-Eaton, who finished 10th in the heptathlon for Canada, left several gift shops empty handed. They saw a couple of unique shirts, but, as Nike athletes, both had more shirts than they could ever wear. They considered buying a coffee mug, but knew their cupboard was already full.
They finally found a ceramic Christmas ornament of Big Ben and a red double-decker bus, and bought it without hesitation.
“It was the perfect souvenir,” Theisen-Eaton said in an interview at the NYRR Millrose Games. “Christmas ornaments are something that you can pack away, and then bring out to relive the memories once a year.”
The collection quickly grew for the couple, who married in July 2013. During a post-Olympic trip to Paris, they visited the Eiffel Tower and bought an ornament that was modeled after the monument.
“We try to find something that will remind us of the places we’ve been,” Eaton said.
It is not always easy for the Eatons to find Christmas ornaments. Their track season typical season starts in January and ends in August, before most souvenir shops begin stocking Christmas items.
They have therefore learned to get to get creative.
“Sometimes we will buy a magnet, take the magnet off the back, put a hole in it, and hook a string through it,” Theisen-Eaton said.
The couple ran out of time to look themselves for a Christmas ornament while in Beijing for the 2015 World Championships.
Eaton recruited his mother, Roslyn, to find a Christmas ornament. She journeyed to the Silk Market with Theisen-Eaton’s sister, Jessica. They found a vendor who customized Christmas ornaments by writing customers’ names in Mandarin, along with phrases including “longevity” and “good fortune.”
They then had to negotiate a price.
“The Theisen family knows how to haggle,” Roslyn said at a sponsored appearance for P&G. “I had never done that, so they taught me.”
The Eatons have yet to actually display their Christmas ornament collection, which now numbers several dozen. They are usually at a training camp in Santa Barbara, Calif. during the month of December, while their ornaments are stored in a shoebox in Bend, Ore.
“When we have kids,” Theisen-Eaton said, “we will set up a Christmas tree and start the tradition with them.”
Both athletes are considered medal favorites at the 2016 Olympics. At the 2015 World Championships, Eaton broke his own decathlon world record to win his second world championship, while Theisen-Eaton claimed the heptathlon silver medal, behind 2012 Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill.
They are looking forward to adding to their Christmas ornament collection in Rio.
“Hopefully we can find Christ the Redeemer,” Eaton said.