United World Wrestling, on Tuesday announced that London Olympics 2012 Gold medallist Togrul Asgarov has never failed a dope test. The announcement would mean that chances of Yogeshwar Dutt’s silver medal being upgraded to gold has now been dashed.
Dutt had won a bronze medal in the 2012 Games in the men’s freestyle 60kg category. In August, it was announced that silver medallist, the late Russian wrestler Besik Kudukhov, had tested positive for a dope test and hence would have his medal stripped. Dutt’s bronze was subsequently upgraded to a silver.
The world body for wrestling had not yet announced if gold medal winner Togrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan had been in violation of any anti-doping rules. This led to speculations about Dutt’s eligibility to have his silver then upgraded to gold.
But the UWW confirmed on Tuesday in a tweet that Asgarov’s victory was indeed a legal one and that would mean the end of Indian’s chances of winning another gold.
Contrary to news reports, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Togrul ASGAROV (AZE) has never been in violation of UWW’s anti-doping policy.
— World Wrestling (@wrestling) 6 September 2016
Although Yogeshwar had said that the upgradation of his bronze medal to silver was good for the country. At the same time he had also said on twitter that he hoped the medal remains with Besit Kudukhov’s family. Kudukhov had died in a car crash in Russia, a year after the London Olympics. Yogeshwar said that sympathy towards the deceased and his family is paramount for him. Yogeshwar also acknowledged Besik as a “great” wrestler and he still respected him as a wrestler.
Amid all this celebration, it must be noted that Dutt’s dope test from the same games is yet to be cleared before his medal could be upgraded at all.