New Delhi, Aug 30: Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt today (August 30) confirmed that his London Olympics 2012 bronze medal has been upgraded to silver after Russain Besik Kudukhov tested positive for a banned substance.
Yogeshwar had claimed bronze in men's 60kg freestyle in London Games 4 years ago. Now, with the original silver medallist Kudukhov failing a dope test, Yogeshwar receives silver.
The wrestler took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to confirm the news. "This morning, I got to know that my bronze medal has been upgraded to silver. I dedicate this medal too, to all the Indians," Yogeshwar tweeted on Tuesday.
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
As per Russian agency, flowrestling.org, the 4-time world champion and 2-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.
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).