After the disappointing performance by Yogeshwar Dutt in the recently concluded Rio Olympics, he got something to cheer about on Tuesday.
Dutt’s bronze medal, which he won at the 2012 London Games, is set to be upgraded to silver. The unexpected upgrade has been triggered by a positive dope test of the silver winner in the 60-kg freestyle event in London – Russia’s Besik Kudukhov.
In a tweet, Yogeshwar Dutt confirmed that his medal has been upgraded from bronze to silver. However, there has been no official confirmation yet.
As per Russian agency, flowrestling.org, the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medallist Kudukhov’s, who had died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, sample tested positive for a banned substance by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
There have been stray incidents when athletes did indulge in misadventures but when caught, the WADA made sure their fame was just ephemeral.
Prior to the start of the Rio Olympics, IOC started an aggressive retests of samples stored with them for 10 years, preventing the dope cheats from entering the Games.
The first wave of tests done on samples revealed 30 positive cases from Beijing and 23 from London.
In the run-up to the Rio Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in keeping with new rules, re-tested Kudukhov samples collected at London, reports said.
Once confirmed, Yogeshwar will be the second wrestler after Sushil Kumar to win silver at an Olympics. Sushil Kumar, too, won the honour at the London Games but in the 66kg freestyle.
In London, Yogeshwar lost the pre-quarterfinal to Kudukhov. But when the Russian reached the final, Yogeshwar got another chance in the repechage round and went on to win bronze.