Yogeshwar Dutt Refuses to Accept Silver Medal, Wins Hearts with Golden Gesture towards Humanity

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Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt’s bronze medal in London Olympics being upgraded to silver after the Russian Wrestler Besik Kudukhov, who originally won the Silver Medal in the same tournament, found positive in dope test. The news was confirmed by Yogeshwar via twitter couple of days ago, but on Wednesday, the 33-year-old tweeted that he wants the medal to be with Kudukhov’s family.

The four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medalist Kudukhov, who had died in a car crash in 2013 in southern Russia, failed a World Anti-Doping Agency dope test conducted on his sample from 2012 before the Rio Games.

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 tweeted.

Agar ho sake toh yeh medal unhi ke paas rehne diya jaaye (If possible he must be allowed to keep the medal). 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 said.


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