17:53 GMT22 October 2020
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    After the International Olympic Committee (IOC) conducted a posthumous test on late Russian Olympic wrestler Besik Kudukhov and decided to retract his 2012 silver medal, the Indian wrestler who would stand to benefit declares he is not interested.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt has requested the IOC to allow the family of the late Russian wrestler Besik Kudukhov to keep the silver medal he won at the 2012 London Olympics. In a series of tweets, Dutt says that the IOA should not retract Kudukhov's medal in order to keep his family's honor intact.

    "If possible he must be allowed to keep the medal. For me humanity is above everything," Dutt tweeted.

    Four time world champion and two time Olympic medal winner Kudukhov died in a car crash in 2013. The World Anti-Doping agency conducted a test on Kudukhov during an investigation into allegations of doping. The result of the test came positive after which the IOA decided to retract his medal. Kudukhov won a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympic defeating Yogeshwar Dutt in the men's 60 Kg freestyle category in the pre quarterfinals.

    "Besik Kudukhov was a magnificent wrestler. His dope test returning positive after his death is very sad. As a wrestler, I respect him," said Yogeshwar Dutt in another tweet.

    Dutt's humane gesture has been widely appreciated on social media.

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