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Yogeshwar Dutt confirms his 2012 Olympic bronze medal upgrade to silver

News Agencies | Updated on: 30 August 2016, 14:43 IST

While there was not much luck for Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt at the recently concluded Rio Olympics 2016, the bronze medal he had bagged in London four years ago at the 2012 Olympics is converted into a silver.

Yogeshwar Dutt tweeted:

As per reports that the deceased Besik Kudukhov of Russia who had won the silver medal that year, has been stripped off his medal after testing positive for banned substances.

As per Russian agency flowrestling.org, the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medallist Kudukhov, who had died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, has been found positive for dope test conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

As a result, Yogeshwar, who had bagged a bronze medal in men's 60kg freestyle category in London Games, may move up from bronze to silver and join Sushil Kumar as another silver medallist from the 2012 Olympics.

However, the official confirmation will have to come from the United World Wrestling (UWW) and the International Olympic Committee.

On whether and when Yogeshwar, who had bowed out in the first round of men's 65kg freestyle at the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games, would be handed a silver medal will be confirmed only when the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) gets it in writing from the World body (UWW).


First published: 30 August 2016, 9:03 IST