In Brief: Yadav cleared of doping charges for chance in Rio

India wrestler Narsingh Pancham Yadav celebrates after winning the men's 74kg wrestling freestyle weight class during the Vantaa Cup 2012 Olympic qualifying tournament’s finals in Vantaa.
India wrestler Narsingh Pancham Yadav celebrates after winning the men's 74kg wrestling freestyle weight class during the Vantaa Cup 2012 Olympic qualifying tournament’s finals in Vantaa. PHOTO: AFP

Yadav cleared of doping charges for chance in Rio

India's Narsingh Yadav was exonerated of doping charges after an Indian anti-doping disciplinary panel ruled that there was no fault or negligence on the part of the wrestler and he was a victim of "sabotage".

Yadav, who secured a berth at the Rio Games in the 74kg category, tested positive for a banned steroid last month. The Wrestling Federation of India will now approach the governing body to allow Yadav to compete at the Olympics.


Village security beefed up after Australian theft

Security at the Olympic village has been tightened following the theft of a computer and team shirts from the Australian delegation during a fire evacuation on Sunday.

Australia's chef de mission Kitty Chiller claimed that she had noticed three fire marshals stealing the shirts.


Williams to join All Blacks squad after the Olympics

Sonny Bill Williams will have little time to celebrate should he help New Zealand's sevens squad win a gold medal after he was named in the All Blacks squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship yesterday.

With the Olympic sevens tournament running from Aug 9-11, Williams is expected to miss the Rugby Championship opener against Australia in Sydney on Aug 20 but he will be available for the second Test against the Wallabies in Wellington a week later.


Green turns red and says sorry after penis boo-boo

American basketball star Draymond Green's build-up to the Rio Olympics hit a snag on Sunday after he had to apologise for posting a picture of his penis on social media.

Green dismissed the incident by saying he pushed the wrong button which resulted in the photo being displayed for about 10 minutes on Snapchat before it was taken down.


Nadal still doubtful over Games participation

Tennis star Rafael Nadal, on arrival in Brazil, has conceded that he is not yet sure if he will be able to represent Spain at the Rio Games as his fitness concerns linger.

"I will not be at the best level in any of the categories. I have not competed for two months and I have not trained a lot.

"I will train a few days here to see what I can do and then decide what is best, to be more positive for me and the team," Nadal told journalists.

The Beijing 2008 gold medallist withdrew from the French Open with a wrist injury and missed Wimbledon.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2016, with the headline 'In Brief'. Print Edition | Subscribe