No gold for Yogeshwar Dutt

  • United World Wrestling (UWW) confirms Azerbaijan’s Toghrul Asgarov never tested positive for performance enhancing drugs
  • Yogeshwar’s dope test yet to be cleared before getting silver medal

New Delhi: United World Wrestling clarified through its official Twitter handle on Tuesday that the London Olympics men’s 60kg gold medal winner Azerbaijan’s Toghrul Asgarov never tested positive for taking performance enhancing drugs.

The 34-year-old had been defeated by Russian Besik Kudukhov in the pre-quarterfinals. Kudukov went on to bag the silver after losing to Asgarov in the final.

However, Kudukov, who died in a car crash in southern Russia in 2013, was recently found to have used a banned substance during a retest of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, conducted by the World Anti Doping Agency, which means the Indian’s bronze medal is expected to be upgraded to silver.

An official confirmation on whether Yogeshwar would get the silver is still awaited, as the Indian’s dope test from the 2012 Games is yet to be cleared before he could be handed the upgraded medal.

As per WADA’s revised norms, samples taken for dope tests from international tournaments are now been stored in deep freeze 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”.

International Olympic Committee 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.

Yogeshwar had bowed out in the first round of men’s 65kg freestyle at the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games.

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