New Delhi/Magpur: Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt today confirmed that his London Games men’s 60kg freestyle bronze medal has upgraded to silver.
“Today, I came to know that my Olympic medal has been upgraded to silver. I dedicate this medal to the nation,’ Yogeshwar tweeted.
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
The development came after the silver medallist from the 2012 Games — deceased Besik Kudukhov of Russia — was stripped off his medal for using banned substance. As per Russian agency flowrestling.org, the four-time world champion and two-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.
As a result, Yogeshwar, who had bagged a bronze medal in men’s 60kg freestyle category in London Games, moved up from bronze to silver and join Sushil Kumar as another silver medalist from the 2012 Olympics.