He may have bowed out of Rio 2016 after a disappointing loss in the very first bout, but wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt may get some consolation after all as his bronze medal from the London Olympics may be upgraded to silver.
Reports have emerged that the silver medallist from the 2012 Games — Besik Kudukhov of Russia –has been stripped off his medal for using banned substance.
Another bizarre angle to the story is that Kudukhov died at the age of 27 in Russia in 2013.
As per American wrestling website, flowrestling.org, the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medallist Kudukhov, who had died in a car crash in southern Russia, has been found positive for dope test conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency. This is however not an unusual practice as the anti-doping rules allow for testing to be done on preserved samples within a period of eight years after collection.
As a result, 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 medallist from the 2012 Olympics.
“The samples of five wrestlers, including Russia’s Besik Kudukhov (60 kg) and Uzbekistan’s Artur Taymazov’s (120 kg), have tested positive for banned substances. Kudukhov failed a dope test in re-tests of samples collected during the London Games,” a source in United World Wrestling (UWW), the governing body, was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
However, the official confirmation will have to come from UWW and the International Olympic Committee.
On whether and when Yogeshwar, who had bowed out in the first round of men’s 65kg freestyle at Rio, would be handed a silver medal will be confirmed only when the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) gets it in writing from the World body (UWW).