Now with both the London 2012 Olympics Gold and Silver medallists in 60kg category testing positive for banned substance, Yogeshwar Dutt is in line to get a Gold in case his sample comes out clean.
Yogeshwar Dutt returned home disappointed after a poor performance at the Rio Olympics last month. But since then the Haryana grappler has been flooded with news that his London Olympics Bronze medal may be upgraded after reports that the eventual Silver and now Gold medallist flunked dope tests. (Not only Silver, Yogeshwar Dutt’s London 2012 medal may turn to Gold: Reports)
However, Yogeshwar is not losing his sleep over it.
Russian Besit Kudukhov, who won silver at the London Games in 2012, has been found positive for a banned substance. And now, the reports have emerged that the London Olympics champion Toghrul Asgarov has also tested positive.
Yogeshwar is still not sure whether he will get the Gold or not but says if rankings at the Olympics are taken into account he stands a better chance to win the Gold.
For the record, in wrestling two bronze medals are awarded at the Olympics – both through repechage.
American Coleman Scott came from the other group while Yogeshwar won from the group that had Kudukhov.
“I am not too sure about the rules and have not got any confirmation from anyone so far. Honestly, I haven’t even tried to check with anyone,” Yogeshwar told India Today. (Good for Yogeshwar Dutt, but it’s not the first time Olympic medals have changed colours )
“I understand that my medal may be upgraded to a Silver as I had lost to the silver medallist. Similarly, the American wrestler had lost to Asgarov, the eventual gold medallist. So there is no clarity on that. (London 2012 Bronze upgraded to Silver, says Yogeshwar Dutt)
“If rankings are taken into consideration, then I was higher ranked. I had five bouts and he had four. I won four of them while Coleman won three and I also had better results in those bouts. So If rankings are taken into account, then I will get the gold but if they go by who lost to whom, then may be the American will get it,” he added.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is retesting samples collected from Beijing and London Olympics. Yogeshwar’s sample too will be tested and the reports are still awaited. Only once his sample is cleared that the IOC will make any official announcement on the upgradation of his medal. (Courtesy: India Today)