Forget Silver, Yogeshwar’s London Olympic Bronze May Turn to Gold

The wrestler is now in line to get gold as the gold medallist of London 2012 olympics has been tested positive.

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Yogeshwar Dutt. (Photo: Reuters)

Just days after Yogeshwar Dutt’s London Olympics bronze was upgraded to silver, the star Indian wrestler’s medal may now get converted to gold. The 2012 London Olympics champion Toghrul Asgarov has also tested positive for banned substance, a media report said on Friday.

From Silver to Gold

According to the report, Asgarov of Azerbaijan, who won the gold medal in the men’s 60kg freestyle category at the 2012 London Games, has tested positive for consuming performance enhancing drugs.

Earlier, it was reported that the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medallist Besik Kudukhov of Russia, who had died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, was found to have used a banned substance in a test conducted by the WADA.

Kudukhov was the finalist in the 60kg freestyle event.

With both the gold and silver medallists in 60kg category testing positive for banned substance, Yogeshwar, who had bagged a bronze medal in men’s 60kg freestyle in London, may get a gold in case his sample comes out clean.

However, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is yet to officially communicate the news of Asgarov’s testing positive to the world body — United World Wrestling (UWW).

In fact, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is still awaiting official news on Yogeshwar’s silver medal upgradation also as Yogeshawar’s sample is also being tested.


Here’s the Catch

Even if the UWW confirms that the 2012 Olympics gold medallist Asgarov has tested positive for dope, Yogeshwar still may not get the gold medal.

The wrestler’s bronze medal got upgraded to silver because he lost to the Russian, but the other bronze medallist in the event, Coleman Scott of USA, stayed a bronze medallist because he lost to the eventual champion in the semi-finals, according to The Hindu.

So, if the gold medallist fails the dope test, then Coleman may be given the gold medal.

It’s such a peculiar situation that nobody seems to be sure about the rules. The wrestling fans and the grapplers will have to wait for the IOC and United World Wrestling’s final decision on who would eventually be the gold medal awardee.

Even I have heard through reports in the media and have been receiving constant messages. I had lost to the Russian so my bronze should be upgraded to silver. But there is another bronze medallist — USA’s Coleman Scott — who lost to Asgarov. I am not exactly aware of the rules. I am yet to receive any official communication (on medal being upgraded).
Yogeshwar Dutt
Yogeshwar Dutt with the bronze medal he won at the London Olympics. (Photo: Reuters)
Yogeshwar Dutt with the bronze medal he won at the London Olympics. (Photo: Reuters)

As per WADA’s revised norms, samples taken for dope tests from international tournaments are now being stored in deep freeze for up to 10 years in order to allow the use of advanced technology, available with the passage of time, to catch the dope cheats to ensure that the clean athletes get justice even if it comes a bit late.

The IOC has been re-testing the samples collected at London as well as 2008 Beijing Olympics, besides other international tournaments, keeping in view of the new rules.

(With inputs from The Hindu and PTI.)

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