Suspended Bajrang Punia accuses NADA of targeting him and trying to end his wrestling career

Wrestler Bajrang Punia accused the NADA of targeting him for exposing the flaws in their system. He is adamant about challenging the arrogance of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), who are trying to end his sporting career.

NADA suspended Punia for the second time on June 24 after the wrestler got relief from the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.  The ADDP lifted Punia’s suspension as NADA didn’t officially charge him for doping by serving the wrestler a formal notice.  NADA then issued the notice and suspended him again.

Bajrang Punia, in his post on X, said,  “This shows how NADA is targeting me, they don’t want me to continue wrestling at any cost .  They have no answers and they don’t want to take responsibility for their mistakes. They just want to harass the athlete to get rid of him. NADA doesn’t want anyone to question their wrong ways and if someone does, he is targeted so that he cannot continue his sport.

“Why doesn’t NADA answer about the expired kit? Why doesn’t NADA answer how an unregistered chaperone who was not named in the mission order approached and pressured me for sample collection? Why doesn’t NADA answer why I was pressured to collect samples between two matches when they knew I had only 20 minutes to prepare for the next bout,” said Bajrang.

Bajrang has time till July 11 to request a hearing or accept the charge. The Tokyo Olympics medallist further  stated he won’t go down without a fight. “If NADA wants to challenge the grit and determination of wrestlers to stand up for their rights for the sake of their arrogance, let them do it. The wrestler is here and will fight till the end. My lawyer will file his reply on time,” he posted.

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