Yogeshwar Dutt’s London 2012 Olympics’ medal may now transform into Gold after the winner of the 60kg wrestling event after the samples taken for dope tests turned into his favor. A few days ago, Yogeshwar had brought about the news of his Bronze being upgraded to Silver after the samples of Russian wrestler Besik Kudukhov also turned out to be positive.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been conducting retests of samples from Beijing and London Games to expose drug cheats. Moreover, Yogeshwar’s samples will also be retested before the up gradation of the medal is done.
However, according to the recent reports, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is yet to confirm the positive dope test of Azerbaijan Toghrul Asgarov to the United World Wrestling (UWW).
IOC and WADA have a difficult job of keeping out the dope offenders and complete cleansing is near to impossible. But the tests and retests of samples with the latest technology can be a big deterrent to weed out dope cheats gradually.
When India Today contacted Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan, who is currently in France for a tournament said that he himself isn’t aware of the development but will ask UWW officials later in the day, who are in France as well.
During this time, Yogeshwar had a poor show at the Rio Olympics, when the Indian grappler crashed out after losing his qualification bout. After receiving the news of his Bronze being upgraded to Silver, Yogeshwar had mixed reactions.
He was happy with the fact of his medal being upgraded but wanted the Silver to remain with the family of Kudukhov, who died in a car accident in 2013. Yogeshwar has also revealed that the Russian was a good friend.
If confirmed, Yogeshwar will become the second Indian individual gold medalist after shooter Abhinav Bindra.