New Delhi: The Narsingh Yadav doping saga took another scandalous turn on Wednesday morning when the wrestler's brother Vinod Yadav pointed finger at Sushil Kumar after it was reported that another player spiked Narsingh's food at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre in Sonepat.
Speaking exclusively to CNN-News18 Vinod said that the player, who the cook at the SAI facility has reportedly identified, belongs to the same training ground where Sushil Kumar practices; however, he refused to comment when asked if he blames Sushil for the alleged sabotage attempt.
"Wrestler who spiked the food belongs to Sushil's akhada in [Delhi's] Chhatrasal Stadium. This incident happened on the 5th of June," Vinod said. "The boy mixed something and then ran away. We had not taken it seriously when this incident happened and did not lodge any complaint then.
"The culprit's brother is an international wrestler in the 120-kg category," he added.
Meanwhile, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, said the name of Praveen Rana as replacement for Narsingh in the 74-kg category has been given so that India does not lose the spot.
"We have requested the International Olympic Committee that there is some conspiracy and to give us some time. Praveen Rana's name has been sent to secure Olympic quota," the WFI president said.
The final hearing in the case is scheduled later on Wednesday, in which Narsingh will be asked to prove his allegations of sabotage. Narsingh's legal team has also demanded a CBI inquiry into the case.