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IS yogeshwar Dutt’s Silver Turning into Gold?

Is Abhinav Bindra getting some company finally? The champion shooter, who won gold at Beijing 2008, tweeted this last night:

Turns out there is more to the Yogeshwar Dutt story than just the upgrade from bronze to silver that happened earlier this week. Reports emerged late on Friday that yet another upgrade might be in store for the Indian wrestler as the gold medallist in the 60 kg freestyle wrestling from London 2012 Toghrul Asgarov, has also failed a dope test.

Quoting an anonymous source, a report in Hindustan Times said that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is yet to officially communicate the result to United World Wrestling (UWW).

Earlier, reputed American agency — flowrestling.Org — had reported that the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medallist Besik Kudukhov of Russia, 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 WADA. 

This resulted in the upgrade to silver for Yogeshwar who has since said he’d like the Russian family to keep it.


And there has been no official communication of any sort from UWW. Apparently WFI’s President Brij Bushan Singh is in the dark as well about this development.

After all that, Yogeshwar Dutt’s sample will be retested and all the upgrades will hinge on the Indian coming clean in his results. In fact, WFI is still awaiting official news on Yogeshwar’s silver medal upgradation also with UWW yet to confirm the development, as Yogeshawar’s sample is also being tested.

So, the consensus seems to be that there is no consensus. While it would be great if India has another Olympic gold medallist, we would do well to refrain from getting our hopes up just yet.

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