Things definitely haven't panned out well for wrestler Vinesh Phogat since the Tokyo Olympics 2020, especially after her lost to Belarus' Vanesa Kaladzinskaya at the quarterfinal of the Women's Freestyle 53kg event at the Games. Top seeded in the category, Vinesh was one of the medal prospects for India, however, her unexpected exit deprived India of what could have been another medal at the Games.
But more than the loss, it was the alleged misconduct by the player in Tokyo that brought her under the scanner. Some serious allegations were levelled against the wrestler. She refused to share the room with other Indian woman wrestlers and also resisted training with them, as per the allegations. The follow up saw Vinesh getting temporary suspension, however, she later clarified her action by stating that she kept herself away from the other Indian wrestlers to keep them safe from COVID-19 as she had already tested positive for the virus twice by then.
Disciplinary committee to take a call on Vinesh Phogat
As per the latest update in the case, Vinesh has sent her apology to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) through an e-mail to which the disciplinary committee will take a call later. "She has sent an e-mail, the committee will see her response and it depends whether they are satisfied with it or not. The disciplinary committee will take the call," sources within the WFI told as quoted was ANI.
Vinesh highlights the need to take care of mental health
The grappler, who is definitely not going through the best phase of her life, had recently pointed out that in India nobody pays enough attention to mental health issues. Taking the example of American gymnast Simeone Biles who opted to skip the Tokyo Games to focus on her mental health, Vinesh stressed on the issue. "We celebrate Simone Biles as she said that I am not mentally prepared to perform at the Olympics and did not do her event. Try just saying that in India. Forget pulling out of wrestling, just try saying that you are not ready," she wrote in her column in The Indian Express.