India's Rana replaces Yadav at Olympics

Parveen Rana wrestling Alex Dieringer at the Freestyle World Cup (Photo/Tony Rotundo,

Parveen Rana will wrestle for India at the 2016 Olympics in men's freestyle at 74 kilograms/163 pounds, replacing Narsingh Yadav, the Indian Olympic Association told United World Wrestling Tuesday.

Yadav, who qualified his nation for the 2016 Games at the 2015 World Championships in Las Vegas, had failed an out-of-competition anti-doping test and had been provisionally suspended by the IOA, and unable to compete in Rio de Janeiro next month.

Yadav has maintained his innocence, claiming that someone had sabotaged his food supplements and water supply, and is appealing the decision.

United World Wrestling had informed the IOA it would be able to replace Yadav with another wrestler that since his positive test occurred outside of the qualification event. If the IOA had failed to replace Yadav, India would have been required to vacate the qualification spot.

Among Rana's mat accomplishments: he won the gold medal at 74 kg at the 2014 Dave Schultz international wrestling tournament in Colorado Springs, USA, defeating former Penn State All-American Dan Vallimont in the finals.


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