9:06pm, 31st August, 2016
What makes us Indians celebrate? Sometimes it’s a win in cricket match, sometimes it’s hockey. Awards at Oscars or an Indian being crowned the Mr World or Ms Universe are some proud moments for us. But as we say, the sweetest celebration is after the longest wait. Probably, Yogeshwar Dutt will bring sweetness unexpectedly after 4 years of waiting.
In Rio 2016 Olympics we might have been disappointed for the Indian contingent but this time Yogeshwar Dutt lost in qualifying round. Despite that he got a surprise. The bronze medal that he won in the 2012 London Olympics is upgraded to silver. The silver medallist from the 2012 games- deceased Besik Kudukhov of Russia was stripped off his medal for using banned substances.
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Due to a slight mistake how one’s medal can be taken away! .
We have also seen Urvashi Rautela who won Miss Universe India in 2012 ,but she was dethroned due to a controversy over her age. How a small mistake can take away one’s dignity and name!
Like Yogeshwar Dutt, there are many other case of medals upgradation like Anju Bobby George who might not be related to an Olympic event but her medal was upgraded from silver to gold after the disqualification of Russian Tatyana Kotova’s at the IAAF World Athletics final in Monte Carlo in 2005. US Sprinter Tyson Gay’s drug test helped the Trinidad and Tobago relay team to move to the second place and receive silver at the London 2012 Olympics. In the Sydney 2000 Olympics,The France Champion confessed to using performance enhancing drugs ,he later stripped off Bronze from men’s time trial event of the road cycling, that year the bronze didn’t go to anyone.
Yogeshwar Dutt, bowed out in the first round Wrestling of men’s 65kg freestyle at the recently concluded Rio Olympic Games. Whether he would be handed a silver medal will be confirmed only when the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) gets it in writing from the United World body(UWW).
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I think hard work pays off one or the other day. Despite him losing in this Rio Olympics 2016 but he got the biggest surprise and he dedicated this medal to our country. I am thankful to the International Olympics Committee (IOC) who re-tested four-time world champion’s sample which was collected during London games and have actually cleared out the result of the Asian Wrestling Championship.
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