Yogeshwar Dutt Wants His Silver Medal To Remain With Deceased Kudukhov’s Family

Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, whose medal from 2012 London Olympics was upgraded to Silver on technical grounds, has decided to let it remain with the deceased Russian wrestler’s family.

The wrestler Besik Kudukhov, who died in a car crash in 2013, failed a World Anti-Doping Agency ‘legacy dope test’ conducted on his sample from 2012 before the Rio Games. As a result, Yogeshwar’s bronze medal in men’s 60kg freestyle category in London Games was upgraded to silver.

Dutt tweeted:


(Besik Kudukhov was a magnificent wrestle. His dope test returning positive after his death is very sad. As a wrestler, I respect him)

He further wrote:

(If possible he must be allowed to keep the medal. It will keep his family’s honour intact. For me humanity is above everything else.)

Dutt’s gesture earned lot of praise on social media.



The 33-year-old wrestler would be handed a silver medal after the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) gets the confirmation in writing from the United World Wrestling (UWW).

Dutt, after getting the news of his medal upgradation yesterday, had dedicated his silver to the country.

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