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Global wrestling organization UWW temporarily suspends Bajrang Punia until the end of 2024

Following the provisional suspension of Bajrang Punia by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) over his ‘refusal’ to provide urine samples, United World Wrestling (UWW) has suspended the world and Olympic medal-winning wrestler until December 31, 2024.

NADA had suspended Bajrang on April 23 for his ‘refusal’ to provide his sample during the selection trials for the Olympic qualifiers in Sonipat on March 10.

According to UWW records, Bajrang has been suspended until December 31, 2024, having been “provisionally suspended” by NADA “for alleged violation of the Anti-Doping Rules (ADRV).”

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The athlete filed a response to the NADA notice through his counsel Vidushpat Singhania on Tuesday and is yet to have his case heard by an anti-doping disciplinary panel.

Even though the provisional suspension by NADA, a competent authority, is valid for all matches and activities until the charges are resolved, it is not clear how UWW arrived at the specific date to which Bajrang has been suspended.