Indian Olympic medallist and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt might have had a disappointing stint at the recently concluded Rio 2016 Olympics, but he has something to lift up his spirits. Dutt’s bronze medal, which he won at the 2012 London Games, is set to be upgraded to silver. The unexpected upgrade has been triggered by a positive dope test of the silver winner in the 60-kg freestyle event in London – Russia’s Besik Kudukhov.
In London, Yogeshwar had lost his pre-quarterfinal bout to Kudukhov. When the Russian wrestler reached the final, Yogeshwar got another opportunity for a podium finish in the repechage round – he defeated Franklin Gomez of Puerto Rico, Masoud Esmaeilpour of Iran and Ri Jong-myong of North Korea to claim bronze.
Earlier, Yogeshwar had refused to comment on the issue. But on Tuesday evening the wrestler said, “Jo likha hota hai, wo hoke rehta hai (What’s written in the stars is bound to happen).”
He further commented, “This is good, another victory for India.”
Yogeshwar had clarified that he didn’t receive any official confirmation on the elevation of his bronze medal to silver from 2012 London Games. He also dedicated his silver medal to the people of India through his tweet.
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) 30 August 2016
The standard practice, which involves re-testing of samples stored for up to 10 years to allow the use
of advanced testing methods to weed out dope cheats, conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has now paved the way for Yogeshwar to join the ranks of wrestler Sushil Kumar and shooter Vijay Kumar as silver-medallists for India.