Tokyo Olympics: Sumit Malik’s hopes of taking the flight for Tokyo Olympics have been dashed after he was handed a two-year suspension by the United World Wrestling (UWW) for using a stimulant. The 125-kg freestyle wrestler was handed a provisional suspension last month for failing a dope test during the World Olympic Qualifier event in Sofia, where he had qualified for the Tokyo Games in the 125kg category.
His hopes of competing in the Olympics over, Indian wrestler Sumit Malik was on Friday banned for two years by the sport’s world governing body UWW after his B sample also returned positive for a prohibited stimulant. The 28-year-old has one week to decide if he would accept the sanction or challenge it.
Sumit Malik was handed a provisional suspension last month for failing a dope test during the World Olympic Qualifier event in Sofia, where he had qualified for the Tokyo Games in the 125kg category. His ‘B’ sample was opened on June 30 and expectedly that also provided the same result.
A specified substance was found in Malik’s sample, though, the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist had told PTI that he only took painkillers to manage right knee niggle.
“Sumit Malik’s B sample has given the same result and the UWW has banned him for two years from June 3. He has a week to respond. He can call for a hearing or accept the sanction,” a source in the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) told PTI.
Sources close to Rohtak-based Malik said they will soon take a decision. “We are discussing the matter with our lawyer,” said the person who is interacting with Malik on the matter.
However, Sumit Malik earlier pleaded not guilty. He said he took painkillers for knee pain. “There was severe pain in my knee and I had taken painkillers Mobizox and Voveran. I had informed the UWW officials about it. I have taken the same painkillers before also, I don’t know how I tested positive,” Malik told PTI.
Tokyo Olympics: “UWW people have also informed me that the quantity of the substance is less than one per cent. It’s merely 0.5 per cent. They have told me that a clear picture will be given to me in 3-4 days,” he added.
The general opinion in WFI is that Malik should challenge the sanction since it was not a steroid but a stimulant that was taken inadvertently. Sumit Malik has been nursing a knee injury that he suffered during the national camp before the Olympic Qualifiers began at different venues.
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By the time hearing takes place and a verdict comes out, he would miss competing at the Olympics. So far 8 Indian wrestlers, four each in men and women’s freestyle, have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. However, the WFI hasn’t been able to evade doping clouds as Narsingh Yadav failed a dope test before the Rio Olympics and was banned for four years. Although he challenged, the CAS imposed the suspension.