Vinesh Phogat was injured after her knee dislocated during the wrestling quarter-final of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Currently, the 25-year-old is gearing for her second Olympic appearance in Tokyo 2020. Phogat is India’s top medal contenders for wrestling and is confident of returning with a win this time.
Phogat was asked about whether she feels pressured to perform after her last injury, to which she said the experience will help her in Tokyo. She said, “You won’t see that Vinesh. You will see an experienced and sorted Vinesh in Tokyo. I am confident of a medal-winning finish in the Tokyo Olympics,”
In the Asian Wrestling Championships held at Indira Gandhi Stadium, in New Delhi, recently, Vinesh won against Vietnam’s Thi Ly Kieu in the 53 kg freestyle category to secure a bronze medal. Vinesh, who comes from a family of celebrated wrestlers on winning the match said, “I am happy with my performance.” She also secured a bronze medal in the 2019 World Championships in Nur Sultan.
Currently, Vinesh is training for the Olympics with her coaches and physiotherapist. She said, “Every day is important for me right now. Each day is challenging,” Also, on the docket as preparation, is strategising, watching videos of potential opponents and finding techniques to tackle them.
So far, four Indian wrestlers have booked a quote place for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The other three are, Deepak Punia, Bajrang Punia and Ravi Dahiya. Phogat said she was confident that the team is strong and added that, “I will give my best to bring a medal for my country.”