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Yogeshwar Dutt prefers keeping bronze for London Olympics

Dutt was added as a silver medallist in men's 65kg freestyle wrestlers in London Olympics 2012 following the dope test results. Photograph: (Getty)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 31, 2016, 11.17 AM (IST)
India's 2012 Olympics bronze medallist wrestler, Yogeshwar Dutt, does not want his award to be upgraded to a silver medal on 'humanitarian grounds', PTI news agency reported today. 

Dutt's medal is being upgraded as late Besik Kudukhov, the silver medallist's dope test resulted positive recently.

"Besik Kudukhov shandaar pehelwaan the (Besik Kudukhov was a magnificent wrestler). Unke mirtyu ke baad dope test mein fail ho jana bahut dukht hai (His dope test returning positive after his death is very sad). Main khiladi ke roop mein main unka samaan karta hoon (As a wrestler, I respect him)," Yogeshwar wrote on his twitter handle.
 
 

"Agar ho sake toh yeh medal unhi ke paas rehne diya jaaye (If possible, the medal should stay with him). Unke pariwar ke liye bhi samaan purna hoga (It will keep his family's honour intact). Mere liye manaviya samvedana sarvopari hai (For me humanity is above everything else)," he further wrote.

Kudukhov was a four-time world champion and a two-time Olympic medallist. He died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia.

Kudukhov failed a World Anti-Doping Agency dope test which was conducted before the Rio games on a sample given by him in 2012. Consequently, Dutt is added as a silver medallist in men's 65kg freestyle wrestlers in London Olympics 2012.

Dutt also said he would like to dedicate the medal to countrymen. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)
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