Yogeshwar’s London Olympic Bronze may turn to Silver
London Olympics Bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt might be upgraded to Silver after the second-place finisher, the late Besik Kudukhov (60kg) of Russia, has been tested positive for doping.
A sample from four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medalist Kudukhov, who died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, was tested positive for a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
According to a report by flowrestling.org, Kudukhov may now be posthumous stripped of his medal after his sample tested positive for a banned substance.
As per the development, Yogeshwar, who had bagged a Bronze medal in men’s 60kg freestyle category in London Games, may move up from Bronze to Silver and join Sushil Kumar as another Silver medalist from the 2012 Olympics.
However, there has been no confirmation from the United World Wrestling (UWW) and the International Olympic Committee.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is yet to make an official announcement as the written confirmation from the International Olympic Committee hasn’t yet arrived.
Yogeshwar Dutt returned empty-handed from the recent Rio Olympics, but he may just have got a Silver medal.
On whether and when Yogeshwar would be handed a Silver medal will be confirmed only when the WFI gets it in writing from the UWW.