NADA apologises for mistaken identity in wrestler's doping case

The National Anti-Doping Agency apologised for wrongly attributing a wrestler who never failed a doping test.

The NADA posted a statement on its official social media page and admitted to have made the goof-up.   -  Getty Images

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on Saturday apologised for wrongly attributing a wrestler who never failed a doping test.

Wrestler Ravinder Kumar was on Friday banned for four years for failing a dope test but the NADA created confusion by identifying him as a world U-23 silver medallist which was not the case.

It was Ravinder Dahiya — not Ravinder Kumar — who had won a silver medal in the U-23 World Championships last year. Ravinder Dahiya said he had not been tested by the NADA.

The NADA posted a statement on its official social media page on Saturday and admitted to have made the goof-up.

“Error Clarification: This is to inform you all that we recently posted an order by the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) against Mr. Ravinder Kumar. This is to clarify that he is not the same Ravinder Kumar who won a silver medal in the U-23 World Championship last year,” the NADA said.

“It was a case of mistaken identity and we sincerely apologise for it,” it added.

On Friday, the NADA said in a statement that wrestler Ravinder Kumar caught for doping had won a silver at the Under-23 World Championships last year.

The statement was later taken down by NADA from its official social media page and a clarification was issued instead.

The dope sample of the wrestler who failed the test was collected by the Doping Control Officer of the NADA during the 67th All India Police Wrestling Cluster Championship in Jaipur in February-March last year.