Wrestler Sumit Malik handed 2-year ban for dope violation, set to miss Tokyo Olympics
Sumit Malik was looking to make his Olympics debut this term. However, he has been handed a two-year ban for substance abuse and would miss out on the global event. Meanwhile, he has a week to appeal his decision.
Indian wrestler Sumit Malik suffered a setback ahead of Tokyo Olympics, as he has been handed a two-year ban by the United World Wrestling after failing a dope test. According to reports, Malik had used a prohibited stimulant, while both his samples tested positive for the same.
Meanwhile, he has a week to appeal the verdict. Last month, Malik qualified for the 125kg category wrestling through the World Olympic Qualifier event held in Sofia.
"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 Wrestling Federation of India source was quoted as saying to PTI.
In the meantime, Malik's sources have confirmed that the decision regarding challenging the decision will be taken soon. "We are discussing the matter with our lawyer," said a close source of Malik.
Logically analysing the situation, it would be WFI's duty to challenge the decision since Malik had consumed a stimulant unwittingly, and it wasn't a steroid. He was recently suffering from a knee injury and had accidentally consumed the stimulant through a medicine.
However, although challenging the decision could aid him, it would still mean that he would miss out on the Olympics since the revised verdict takes around a month to be revealed. Malik becomes the second Indian wrestler to be banned before the Olympics, while Narsingh Pancham Yadav had also suffered a similar fate before the 2016 Rio Games.
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