New Delhi: Star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt’s bronze medal from the 2012 London Olympics has been upgraded to silver after runner-up Besik Kudukhov of Russia was found guilty of doping violation.
“This morning I came to know that my Olympics medal has been upgraded to silver. I dedicate my medal to people of the nation,” Yogeshwar tweeted.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recently decided to retest samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 Games which returned with several positive results.
According to a report by flowrestling.org, Kudukhov, who won silver in the men’s 60 kg freestyle category in London, stripped of his medal after his sample tested positive for a banned substance.
As a result, Yogeshwar’s bronze has been upgraded to silver. The Haryana grappler had defeated Ri Jong-myong of North Korea in the bronze medal play-off who should now move up from the fifth position. The 33-year-old will now join fellow Haryana wrestler Sushil Kumar as the second Indian silver medalist from the 2012 Olympics. The results however, are now officially confirmed by the United World Wrestling (UWW) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
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