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Yogeshwar Dutt’s London Olympics silver medal may be upgraded to gold


Yogeshwar Dutt’s London Olympics silver medal may be upgraded to gold

Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt. (Photo: PTI)

Mumbai: A few days after Yogeshwar Dutt’s London Olympics bronze medal was upgraded to silver, the Indian wrestler will be in a for pleasant surprise as it is learnt that his silver may be further upgraded to gold.

Toghrul Asgarov, who won Gold in 60kg freestyle in 2012 Olympics, is tested positive in a dope test and if Yogeshwar’s samples are clean, then he will seal the gold medal, reported Hindustan Times.

Earlier this week, Yogeshwar’s bronze medal from the was upgraded to silver after the second-place finisher from London Olympics, late Besik Kudukhov, was stripped off his medal for failing a dope test.

The four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medallist Kudukhov, who had died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, was found to have used a banned substance in a test conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Yogeshwar, meanwhile showed tremendous sportsman spirit, said he was not keen to collect the upgraded silver medal from 2012 London Olympics on humanitarian grounds given that the original second place finisher’s positive dope test came after his death.

“Besik Kudukhov shandaar pehelwaan the (Besik Kudukhov was a magnificent wrestler). Unke mirtyu ke baad dope test mein fail ho jana bahut dukht hai (His dope test returning positive after his death is very sad). Main khiladi ke roop mein main unka samaan karta hoon (As a wrestler, I respect him),” Yogeshwar wrote on his twitter handle.

“Agar ho sake toh yeh medal unhi ke paas rehne diya jaaye (If possible he must be allowed to keep the medal). Unke pariwar ke liye bhi samaan purna hoga (It will keep his family’s honour intact). Mere liye manaviya samvedana sarvopari hai (For me humanity is above everything else),” he further wrote.

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