Olympic-bound Indian wrestler Sumit Malik has been provisionally suspended after failing a dope check through the current 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 check. Now he has to present his B pattern on June 10,” a WFI supply advised PTI.
Malik has been nursing a knee harm that he suffered through the nationwide camp earlier than the Olympic Qualifiers started at completely 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.
Nevertheless, on the World Olympic Qualifiers in Sofia held in Might, Malik earned the quota by reaching the ultimate, which he forfeited as a result of similar harm.
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 should have taken one thing unknowingly. Possibly he was taking some Ayurvedic medication to deal with his injured knee and that 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 may be banned from the game.
He has the proper 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.