Call it respect for the departed or an unwritten warrior’s code.
India’s Yogeshwar Dutt, whose bronze in the 60kg freestyle wrestling at the 2012 London Games is set to be upgraded to silver after losing finalist Besik Kudokhov’s sample tested positive in a doping retest, wants the medal to stay with the deceased Russian’s family.
Yogeshwar in his early morning tweet on Wednesday said the medal should stay with Khudukov’s family as the failed dope test has come after his tragic death.
“Besik Kudukhov shandaar pehelwaan the. Unke mrityu ke baad dope test mein fail ho jana bahut dukhad hai. Main khiladi ke roop mein unka sammaan karta hoon (Besik Kudukhov was a great wrestler. It is sad that this dope test result has come out after his death. I respect him as a fellow wrestler),” he wrote on his Twitter handle.
“Agar ho sake toh yeh medal unhi ke paas rehne diya jaaye. Unke pariwar ke liye bhi samaan purna hoga. Mere liye manaviya samvedana sarvopari hai (If possible the medal should stay with him. This way the family can have their honour. For me humanity is above everything).
Only a day before, the 33-year-old wrestler had said he didn’t know whether to celebrate his impending upgrade.
“Don’t know whether to feel happy or sad about this news,” he told Hindustan Times on Tuesday.
“The Russian wrestler who won silver is dead now. I have never thought of such things, to get benefits out of someone’s misery. But I have been told of the reports of him failing the dope test. But it has not been made official yet.”
But he felt the news will make his supporters happy. “It will be some good news for my supporters, fans of wrestling and the country who were all disappointed by my loss in Rio this time. Even I was very disappointed, you work hard for years and then you fail to perform when it matters,” he said.