Dead wrestler won't be stripped of medal

File photo of Russia's Besik Kudukhov. Photo / AP
File photo of Russia's Besik Kudukhov. Photo / AP

Russia says the International Olympic Committee has dropped an investigation into a deceased wrestler who allegedly tested positive for a banned steroid when an old sample was retested.

Besik Kudukhov won the silver medal in the men's freestyle 60-kilogram class at the 2012 Olympics and died the following year in a car crash.

The Russian Wrestling Federation says in a statement his sample from the 2012 Games was retested this year and found to be positive for the steroid turinabol. The case was passed to an IOC disciplinary commission, which ended its investigation last week with no action taken, the federation says.

Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt - who finished third in London - tweeted in August on hearing of the failed test: "If possible he must be allowed to keep the medal. It will keep his family's honour intact. For me humanity is above everything else."

The IOC, which has not acknowledged any positive test by Kudukhov, said it was not able to comment on the case. Kudukhov also won bronze at the 2008 Olympics in the 55kg category.

- AP

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