Dead Russian wrestler Besik Kudukhov keeps 2012 silver despite failing drug test

Besik Kudukhov (pictured in blue)
Kudukhov lost in the final of the freestyle 60kg category to Azerbaijan's Toghrul Asgarov

A Russian wrestler who died in a car crash will not be stripped of his Olympic medal despite his sample testing positive for a banned steroid.

Besik Kudukhov, who won freestyle 60kg silver at London 2012, died in 2013.

He was found to have taken the steroid turinabol when the World Anti-Doping Agency re-tested samples this year.

An International Olympic Committee (IOC) disciplinary committee said the case has "now terminated its investigation with no action taken".

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."

Vice-president of United World Wrestling, Georgy Bryusov said: "The IOC will not deprive Besik Kudukhov of his silver medal".

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