Yogeshwar's London bronze gets a silver lining

Yogeshwar's London bronze gets a silver lining
Yogeshwar Dutt's dream of winning a gold medal at Rio was over in the opening round itself, but his London bronze could be upgraded to silver soon.

The wrestler had won bronze at the London Olympics in 2012 in the 60kg category, but it is set to be upgraded to silver after Russia’s Besik Kudukhov, who won silver in London, came positive for a banned substance in retrospective testing of his 2012 samples.

Kudukhov, a four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medallist, had died in a car crash in 2013.

Following the positive results of his samples for a banned substance, he would be stripped of his silver medal. Yogeshwar was a touch unsure of how to react to the development.

“What can I say. The wrestler is no more. May be this was fate. When an athlete wins a medal, the country also wins. I got to know about it in the morning. I would like to dedicate it to the fans and people of the country,” said Yogeshwar, who had lost to Kudukhov in the pre-quarterfinals of the London Games. The Russian reached the final and Yogeshwar took the repechage route to win the bronze medal.

“The Rio Games has been very disappointing for me. I had prepared very well but my dream was over within 10 minutes.  There is no next Olympics for me, but I will be competing for some more time.”

The test on Kudukhov’s samples was done under World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) ‘retrospective testing’ designed to protect the cause of clean athletes. The revised WADA code makes it possible to open a disciplinary proceeding within 10 years from the date of an anti-doping rule violation.

The samples stored for up to 10 years could be retested with sophisticated scientific measures. This reanalysis, less than four years after the London Games, has proven effective. It followed collaborative work done to identify samples by the International Olympic Committee, WADA and the international federations.

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