Indian wrestling Team Hopes Rest on Vinesh Phogat
The seven-member Indian wrestling team – four women and three men – competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games starting July 23 will carry a huge burden of expectations. Only seven freestyle wrestlers have not lived up to their reputation, says Sushil Kumar, India’s only individual double Olympic medalist. However, in recent times, there has been a promise to take the game away from the negativity around it due to its most respected icon. Even as the civil story unfolds, the pre-Olympic exit ‘tradition is being followed as one of the top jolts, with Sumit Malik – who competed in Sofia’s World Olympic qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics – holding a temporary two-year suspension for failing a dope test.
If Narsingh Yadav had been the focus of attention before the 2016 Rio Olympics, a similar drama is being written before the Tokyo Passengers, which has taken Tok away from potential medal hopefuls like Venus Fogat, Sonam Malik, and Bajrang Punia. Vinesh has made Budapest his training center, winning a bronze in Nur-Sultan and hoping for the best medal for the country after India’s Olympic quota seal in the 52kg category at the 2018 World Championships. With the frustration of being knocked out of the 2016 Rio Olympics in the quarter-finals due to a serious knee injury, Vinesh has the desire to win at any cost. With his commitment, Vinesh could well overshadow the achievements of the witness owner at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where he won bronze in the 58kg category. Those who remember Vinesh coming out of the Rio field in 2016, hugging in pain and crying incessantly, knew how desperately he wanted to win the medal.
Known as one of the medal favorites, Binesh’s campaign seemed to be before Freak’s injury shortened his journey. After this injury, I was not feeling well, thinking that the injury could recur at any time, but I want to finish what I started. I consider it (injury) positive in that sense. I’m mentally ready for it (Tokyo) and I think I’ve prepared enough for the Games, Vinesh was recently quoted as saying, adding that Vinesh’s strength was his determination and he and another committed jerk with Bajrang Punia (65kg), 2018 Jakarta Asian Gained glory in games. Vinesh recently won his first Asian Championship gold medal in Almaty, finishing two silver medals in 2017 and 18. In fact, it was his third gold in 2021 after defeating the 2017 world champion in a tournament in Ukraine and then the prestigious Matteo Pelican Ranking Series event after an impressive event. With an electronic performance in Jeans Jakarta, Vinesh turned her bronze at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games into gold, while Poonia painted her Incheon silver in Jakarta with gold. It has created a process that has made them a tough contender for the Tokyo medal today and aims to win Sushil’s silver in 2012 in London.
Although their training is going well, Poonia was slightly scared due to a right knee injury during a local tournament in Russia recently, she got off the mat after lingering in the semifinal fight, but Poonia’s Georgian coach Shako Bentinidis allayed that fear. And said that his word is suitable for the Olympic Challenge. Sonam Malik, a teenager from Medina village in Sonipat, could be the dark horse of the Indian Army at the age of 19. She has been giving one commanding performance after another in domestic and international competitions. Winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, defeating Sakshi one year apart – three trials could knock on Sonam’s door to stardom – if not at the Tokyo Olympics, then at Paris in 2024.