Yogeshwar Dutt, Indian wrestler who failed to win in Rio Olympics, and won bronze in London Olympics has been upgraded to silver after the second place finisher Besik Kudukhov of Russia, tested positive for a banned substance.
Wrestler in a tweet, informed “Today morning I came to know that my Olympics medal has been upgraded to silver. I dedicate my medal to all my countrymen.”
As per Russian Agency, Late Besik Kudukhov, who died in a car crash 3 years back, the sample tested positive for a banned substance by the World Anti -Doping Agency.
Jagdish Kaliraman, former Indian wrestler said, “If a medallist has tested positive for a banned substance, then it is a standard procedure to give his medal to the next best athlete. However, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has to inform the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and United World Wrestling about the development. It might take some time for Yogeshwar to get the silver medal,”
Before the Rio Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) re-tested Kudukhov’s sample, which was collected during the 2012 London Games. Samples are now stored for up to 10 years to use advanced testing methods to catch dope-tainted athletes.