Ending media’s speculation, United World Wrestling (UWW) on Tuesday announced that Yogeshwar Dutt’s London Olympics Bronze medal will not be upgraded to Gold as the top-place finisher in men’s 60kg freestyle Togrul Asgarov in London Games never tested positive for a banned substance.
“Contrary to news reports, 2012 Olympic Gold medalist Togrul ASGAROV (AZE) has never been in violation of UWW’s anti-doping policy,” the world body tweeted from its official Twitter handle.
Earlier, it was reported that men’s 60kg freestyle category champion Asgarov had tested positive for consuming performance enhancing drugs.
Meanwhile, the Silver medallist of men’s 60kg freestyle, Russia’s the late Besik Kudukhov, was found to have used a banned substance during World Anti-doping Agency’s and the International Olympic Committee’s retrospective testing programme.
As a result, Indian Bronze medallist Yogeshwar is likely to be handed the Silver medal. Yogeshwar, who had bowed out in the first round of men’s 65kg freestyle at the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games, had lost to Kudukhov in the pre-quarterfinals at the London Games.
An official confirmation on whether Yogeshwar would get the Silver is still awaited, as the Indian’s dope test from the 2012 Games is yet to be cleared before he could be handed the upgraded medal.
The IOC has been re-testing the samples collected at London as well as 2008 Beijing Olympics, besides other international tournaments, keeping in view of the new rules.