Olympic-bound Indian wrestler Sumit Malik has been provisionally suspended after failing a dope test during the recent Qualifiers in Bulgaria, just weeks ahead of the Tokyo Games.
It marks the second consecutive instance of a wrestler failing a dope test before the Olympics — the previous being ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics when Narsingh Pancham Yadav was handed a four-year doping suspension.
Malik, the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, had qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the 125kg category at the Bulgaria event, which was the last chance for wrestlers to earn quotas. The 28-year-old’s dream of competing at the event starting July 23 seems as good as over with this.
“The UWW (United World Wrestling) informed the Wrestling Federation of India yesterday that Sumit has failed…