Will Yogeshwar Dutt become India’s second individual Olympic Gold medalist?

By: | Published: September 3, 2016 4:30 PM

Will Olympian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt be able to help ace shooter Abhinav Bindra get over his sense of loneliness of being the country's sole individual Gold medal winner in Olympics?

Will Olympian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt be able to help ace shooter Abhinav Bindra get over his sense of loneliness of being the country's sole individual Gold medal winner in Olympics? (Reuters)Will Olympian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt be able to help ace shooter Abhinav Bindra get over his sense of loneliness of being the country’s sole individual Gold medal winner in Olympics? (Reuters)

Will Olympian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt be able to help ace shooter Abhinav Bindra get over his sense of loneliness of being the country’s sole individual Gold medal winner in Olympics? The question arises after a media report said after Dutt’s London Olympics bronze was upgraded to silver, the star Indian wrestler’s medal may now get converted into gold with champion Toghrul Asgarov of Azerbaijan also testing positive for banned substance.

“What a player!! @Pvsindhu1 I’m waiting for you to join me in the club. You have no idea how lonely it’s been,” Bindra had tweeted after P V Sindhu became the first Indian shuttler to reach the finals of the women’s singles competition at the Rio Olympics.

However, there are a few technical aspects which may prove to be hindrance for Yogeshwar Dutt to fulfil his dream of winning the Gold medal.

Earlier, Russian agency flowrestling.org had reported that the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medalist Besik Kudukhov of Russia, who had died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, was found to have used a banned substance in a test conducted by the WADA.

With both the gold and silver medalists in 60kg category testing positive for banned substance, Yogeshwar, who had bagged a bronze medal in men’s 60kg freestyle in London, is in line to get a gold in case his sample comes out clean.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is yet to officially communicate the news of Asgarov’s testing positive to the world body — United World Wrestling (UWW).

In fact, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is still awaiting official news on Yogeshwar’s silver medal up gradation also with UWW yet to confirm the development, as Yogeshawar’s sample is also being tested.

The IOC has been re-testing the samples collected at London as well as 2008 Beijing Olympics, besides other international tournaments, keeping in view of the new rules.

Yogeshwar, who had bowed out in the first round of men’s 65kg freestyle at the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games, had lost to Kudukhov in the pre-quarterfinals at London.

But once the Russian advanced to the final, Yogeshwar got another chance in the repechage round and went on to win bronze.

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