Yogeshwar refused to take the London 2012 Silver medal due to him after Besik Kudukhov of Russia, tested positive for banned substances.

Wrestler's genuine gesture was praised by none other them Sachin Tendulkar, who was one of India's Goodwill Ambassadors for the Rio Games.


On Wednesday, Yogeshwar tweeted to say that he wanted the Kudukhov family to keep the medal. This move prompted a response from Tendulkar.

Yogeshwar was not keen to collect the upgraded silver medal 2012 Olympics on humanitarian grounds and said that Kudukhov's family should keep the medal as It will keep his family's honour intact.


The four-time world champion and two-time Olympic medallist 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.

As a result, Yogeshwar, who had bagged a bronze medal in men's 60kg freestyle category in London Games, joined Sushil Kumar as the other silver-medallist wrestler from the 2012 Olympics.



(With Agency Inputs)