Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt has finally confirmed the upgradation of his 2012 London Olympic Bronze to Silver in men’s 60 kg free style.
The wrestler broke the news on twitter:
आज सुबह पता चला की मेरा olympic medal upgrade हो कर Silver medal हो गया है। ये मेडल भी देशवासियों को समर्पित हैं🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/S6qxNHW9Po
— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) August 30, 2016
Dutt’s upgradation comes after deceased Besik Kudukhov of Russia–has been stripped off his medal for using banned substance.
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, moves up from bronze to silver and join Sushil Kumar as another silver medallist from the 2012 Olympics.
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).
(With PTI Inputs)