He also added that in case a player is seriously unwell, then under extraordinary circumstances the concerned agency considers sending another player to represent the country.

On being informed about Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) stand of sending Praveen in place of Narsingh, he said, “I have put forth my opinion clearly stating rules, but even after that if any player goes with permission, we have no objection”.

Earlier, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hinted that the wrestler may have been ‘tricked or framed’, while asking Vijay Goel to look into the case.

"There is a widespread belief that he has been tricked or framed by some vested interests however it's difficult to substantiate the same without proper investigation," Fadnavis wrote in a letter addressed to the Sports Minister.

Narsingh failed a doping test conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) and has consequently lost his bid to represent the nation at Rio Olympics.

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