Two-time World championships bronze medallist Vinesh Phogat is delighted to return again to aggressive wrestling after almost 16 months, when she handled a nagging harm and fought towards ‘injustice.’
The 29-year-old, who final competed within the 2022 World championships the place she landed her second bronze, tried to return for the Asian Games final yr however couldn’t. She had knee surgical procedure in August and returned to coaching in December.
Now, with the Paris 2024 in sight, Vinesh, who took half in two Olympics, is again to aggressive mode on the National wrestling championships on the Railway Stadium right here.
A youthful Antim Panghal has already sealed the Paris Olympics quota place in 53kg. The ad-hoc committee operating the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has determined that there will likely be trials, the place a challenger will have the ability to problem the quota place winner for a ticket to Paris. Under this criterion, Vinesh can hope to make it to the Olympics.
Right now Vinesh is making a comeback in 55kg with out straining her physique an excessive amount of. As and when she is going to take part in additional vital occasions, she will be able to go right down to 53kg.
“I am cutting weight after a long gap, and there is no need to do it (drastically). Competing in 55kg here has no positives or negatives. I will compete here to get some exposure. In ranking events, many athletes don’t compete in Olympic weights to avoid (unnecessary) weight cuts. The key is to save energy for main competitions,” stated Vinesh on the eve of her occasion on Saturday.
With so many distractions, Vinesh – one of many three outstanding faces who introduced up varied fees, together with sexual harassment, towards former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and staged a spectacular protest – has maybe learnt tips on how to change off and change on for her coaching.
“We try to combine life on the mat and beyond it. As senior athletes, the responsibility increases… if we don’t do it, others cannot do it.
“I was continuously doing rehab. If we needed to meet someone, then Bajrang and Sakshi used to take that responsibility. I had stepped back a little bit even though we were together at every step. We are trying to continue our fight against injustice. Athletes’ competition should not stop and there should not be any confusion for the athletes.
“A lot has happened and a lot is going on in wrestling at the moment. This year is crucial given the Paris Olympics is in sight,” she added.