Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt will likely get the gold medal after the winner in his 60kg event at the 2012 London Olympics tested positive in a doping examination, a source told Hindustan Times on Friday, days after the athlete confirmed his bronze medal was being upgraded to silver in a similar incident.
Besik Kudukhov, who died in a car crash in 2013, will be stripped of his silver medal after his sample also tested positive for a banned substance.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been re-testing samples collected from the Beijing and London Olympics using enhanced techniques to expose doping scandals.
The Haryana grappler had defeated Franklin Gomez of Puerto Rico, Masoud Esmaeilpour of Iran and Ri Jong-myong of North Korea in the repechage rounds to claim bronze at the 2012 Olympics.
As per the source, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is yet to officially communicate the news of gold medallist Toghrul Asgarov’s positive dope test to the United World Wrestling (UWW).
Dutt’s samples, taken during the 2012 Games, will also be tested before confirming the upgrade of his medal to gold.
When contacted, a top Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) official said he was unaware of the development.
Dutt had a poor run at the recently concluded Rio Olympics, as he crashed out in the first round against Ganzorigiina Mandakhnaran of Mongolia.
On Tuesday, when the news of the upgrade of his bronze medal to silver came in, Dutt said he did not know whether to celebrate or be sad.
On Wednesday, Dutt tweeted that the medal should stay with the family of the deceased wrestler. “Besik Kudukhov shandaar pehelwaan the. Unke mrityu ke baad dope test mein fail ho jaana bahut dukhad hai. Main khiladi ke roop mein unka sammaan karta hoon (Besik Kudukhov was a great wrestler. It is sad that the dope test result has come after his death. I respect him as a fellow wrestler).”