The hope to update Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt’s Olympic bronze medal to silver is all over. But Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) claimed on Tuesday it didn’t get any update.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to stop the investigation against Russian wrestler Besik Kudukov who won the silver in the 2012 London Olympics. But he tested positive for a banned steroid.
He died in a car accident in 2013. WADA retested an old sample of Kudukhov a few months ago in which he tested positive. There was a hope that Yogeshwar who got bronze in 60 kg category, his medal may be updated to silver.
The Russian Wrestling Federation in a statement said that this year the sample of the deceased was retested and the result was positive for the steroid turinabol. The case then passed on to three-member IOC disciplinary commission. However, the IOC decided to end the investigation against Kudukhov.
Vice president of United World Wrestling and first deputy president of Russian Wrestling Federation, Georgy Bryusov stated, “The International Olympic Committee will not deprive wrestler Besik Kudukhov of his silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.”
But WFI said that it did not get any information. Vinod Tomar, WFI assistant secretary said, “We do not have any information about his medal not being upgraded.”
He further said that before Rio Olympics they got informed about Kudukhov’s dope report and it was said that Yogeshwar’s sample would be tested again before the medal up-gradation. The official added, “after that we have not got any update on the matter till date.”
After hearing this Yogeshwar was not disappointed with the news as he was not keen to accept the medal. Earlier, when he got to know about this up-gradation he refused the medal. He said that the medal should remain with the family of Kudukhov. For him, humanity is above everything.