Vinesh Phogat Withdraws from Asian Games Due to Knee Injury, Aims for Paris 2024 Comeback

Vinesh Phogat, 2018 Asian Games gold medalist, withdraws due to knee injury. Surgery ahead, aims for Paris 2024 Olympics comeback.

Wrestler Vinesh Phogat withdraws from Asian Games due to knee injury. Surgery planned; aims for Paris 2024 Olympics.

Renowned wrestler Vinesh Phogat, a gold medalist in the 2018 Asian Games, has regrettably withdrawn from the upcoming Asian Games due to a left knee injury. The announcement was made on Tuesday, with Vinesh scheduled to undergo surgery in Mumbai on Friday. Her injury dashes her hopes of defending her gold medal achievement from the previous Games.

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Vinesh expressed her disappointment in not being able to participate in the Asian Games, as well as her regrets in missing out on the World Championships and the selection trials set for next month. Despite the setback, she conveyed her determination to make a triumphant return to the mat, setting her sights on the Paris 2024 Olympics. She expressed gratitude for the unwavering support of her fans and followers during this challenging time.

Injury Rules Wrestler Vinesh Phogat Out of Asian Games; To Undergo Surgery

With Vinesh’s withdrawal, the spotlight turns to rising star Antim Panghal, who secured victory in the Asian Games selection trials within the same weight category. Antim will seamlessly fill the gap left by Vinesh’s absence in the squad.

Vinesh Phogat’s role extended beyond her prowess on the mat; she was a prominent figure in the wrestlers’ protest against alleged sexual harassment within the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) under the presidency of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. This advocacy, along with her fellow wrestler Bajrang Punia, led to exemptions from the Asian Games trials due to the upheaval and the need for preparation following the hiatus.

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While the ad-hoc panel’s decisions ignited controversies and legal disputes, Vinesh’s immediate concern is her recovery and subsequent competitive endeavors. Her withdrawal from the Asian Games is a setback for both her and her fans, but her unwavering spirit and determination remain resolute for the future challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in her wrestling journey.

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