Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt might have some good news to enjoy after his defeat at the first round of 2016 Rio Olympics. His London Olympics bronze might upgraded to silver as the second place finisher the late Besik Kudukhov of Russia tested positive for doping.
But there was no official confirmation until now. According to Russian agency flowrestling.org, Kudukhov tested positive for a banned substance by International Olympic Committee (IOC). The two time Olympic medalists and four time world champion died in a car crash in 2013.
Therefore, Dutt who won bronze in men’s 60 kg freestyle in London Olympics may upgraded to silver and join another silver medalist of 2012 Olympics, Sushil Kumar.
Under revised norms, samples of the athletes are now stored up to for ten years to allow the use of advanced tests to the doping cheats. Earlier, the deadline for re-tests was eight years from the day of sample collection but in 2015, IOC extended the term by two years.
Before the Rio Games IOC re-tested Kudukhov’s sample which was collected at the London Olympics.
United World Wrestling (UWW) said as quoting by Indian Express that the samples of five wrestlers including Uzbekistan’s Artur Taymazov’s (120 kg) and Russia’s Besik Kudukhov (60 kg) have tested positive for banned substance. Kudukhov sample was re-tested and it was failed in dope test.
Gold medalist Taymazov’s sample was collected during 2008 Beijing Olympics, he too tested positive. UWW source said, “With Kudukhov testing positive, Yogeshwar Dutt of India will get the silver.”
Yet, the official confirmation will have to come from the IOC and UWW. The Wrestling Federation of India will get it only after World Body (UWW) gives it in writing form.
Once it will be confirmed Yogeshwar Dutt will get the silver medal. In London Olympics he lost the pre-quarter final to Kudukhov. Kudukhov reached the final and Yogeshwar got another chance in the repechage to win his bronze. In repechage round he beat Puerto Rico’s Franklin Gomez, Iran’s Masoud Esmaeilpour and North Korea’s Ri Jong-myong to grab bronze medal.