The Wrestling Federation of India suspended Vinesh Phogat for indiscipline during the recently-concluded Tokyo Olympics, therefore sending a major blow to her chances of competing in the Wrestling World Championships.
In the run-up to the Commonwealth Games, the ban represents the continuation of a rivalry between the multiple Commonwealth Games medalist and the sports regulatory body in India. Vinesh has been charged with three counts by the WFI, and she has until August 16 to react.
Her unwillingness to stay with the squad in the village during the Tokyo Olympics was the first charge, while her refusal to train with the Indian contingent was the second.
The third was a contract breach when Vinesh Phogat declined to wear the Indian Olympic Association singlet and instead wore the singlet of her own sponsor, Nike. Bhushan Singh further disclosed that because of her prominence in the sport, the federation had overlooked previous violations.
With the Wrestling World Championships around the corner, Vinesh Phogat will be hoping for a quick resolution to the disagreement. According to a source, she will be unable to compete in national or domestic tournaments until she submits a response and the WFI makes a final judgement. From October 2 to 10, the World Wrestling Championships will be held in Oslo, Norway.
Meanwhile, Vinesh Phogat has conveyed her discontent with the Wrestling Federation of India on numerous occasions. The 26-year-old had expressed her dissatisfaction with the men’s and women’s teams in Tokyo each having only one physiotherapist.
Poornima R Ngomdir, her regular physiotherapist, was allowed to go, but WFI denied her request. According to PTI, the 26-year-old caused a stir after being assigned rooms next to Sonam Malik, Anshu Malik, and Seema Bisla. Phogat maintained that COVID-19 was a concern because the trio had travelled from India and she had arrived from Bulgaria.
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