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No gold for Yogeshwar, world wrestling body says London 2012 winner clean

The sport’s governing body, the United World Wrestling (UWW), confirmed on Tuesday that the 2012 gold medallist in the 60kg freestyle category, Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan, has not committed any dope violation.

other sports Updated: Sep 07, 2016 07:13 IST
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Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt will not be getting his London Olympics medal upgraded to gold.
Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt will not be getting his London Olympics medal upgraded to gold. (AP Photo)

Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt’s London Olympics bronze medal will not be upgraded to gold as the top-place finisher in men’s 60kg freestyle has not tested positive for any banned substance, wrestling’s governing body said on Tuesday.

The confirmation by United World Wrestling (UWW) put at rest days of speculation over the possibility of a double upgrade for Yogeshwar, who is likely to be given the silver medal after Russian Besik Kudukhov, who died in a car crash in 2013, was reported to have tested positive for a banned substance.

The UWW said in a tweet that Olympic gold medallist Togrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan “has never been in violation of UWW’s anti-doping policy”.

However, UWW did not say anything on the possibility of Dutt’s bronze being upgraded to silver.

Yogeshwar took the development in his stride.

“I am happy that the gold stays with him (Asgarov) as he was the winner in London. One works really hard to win a medal, so a clean chit is good for him,” he told HT.

“I had won bronze and that will stay with me. I don’t support those who dope but I don’t want to get any benefit from someone failing.”

Grappler Yogeshwar Dutt’s London Olympics bronze medal will not be upgraded to gold as the top-place finisher in men’s 60kg freestyle has not tested positive for any banned substance, wrestling’s governing body said on Tuesday.

The confirmation by United World Wrestling (UWW) put at rest days of speculation over the possibility of a double upgrade for Yogeshwar, who is likely to be given the silver medal after Russian Besik Kudukhov, who died in a car crash in 2013, was reported to have tested positive for a banned substance.

The UWW said in a tweet that Olympic gold medallist Togrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan “has never been in violation of UWW’s anti-doping policy”.

However, UWW did not say anything on the possibility of Dutt’s bronze being upgraded to silver.

Yogeshwar took the development in his stride.

“I am happy that the gold stays with him (Asgarov) as he was the winner in London. One works really hard to win a medal, so a clean chit is good for him,” he told HT.

“I had won bronze and that will stay with me. I don’t support those who dope but I don’t want to get any benefit from someone failing.”

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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.

The IOC was re-testing samples collected from the Beijing and London Olympics using enhanced techniques to expose dope cheats. Under WADA’s revised norms, samples taken for dope tests from international tournaments are now being stored in deep freeze up to 10 years to allow the use of advanced technology, available with the passage of time, to catch dope cheats and ensure “clean athletes get justice even if it comes a bit late”.