Vinesh Phogat to be recommended for Khel Ratna by WFI

By vishal sharma
Jun. 01, 2020

India's best Wrestler Vinesh Phogat is set to be suggested by the (WFI) for India's most elevated brandishing honor the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. This will be the second back to back time that the 25-year-old would be suggested for the honor.

WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh will finish the suggestions and send it to the Sports Ministry on Monday. "For the Khel Ratna, Vinesh Phogat is our sole suggestion," WFI secretary Vinod Tomar told IANS on Sunday.

Vinesh Phogat was suggested for the lofty wearing honor a year ago also, close by Bajrang Punia, however the last wound up winning the honor alongwith 2016 Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik. Vinesh had recently won the Arjuna Award in 2016.

Vinesh as of now holds the third spot on the planet rankings in the 53kg classification. She qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in her first endeavor by winning bronze at the 2019 Wrestling World Championships. She at that point began 2020 with a gold at the Rome Ranking Series and later won bronze at the 2020 Asian Championships in New Delhi. It was her second sequential bronze in the opposition having won the equivalent in Xi'an a year ago.

Vinesh was an award contender going into the 2016 Olympics yet a vocation compromising injury in the quarter-last finished her mission in Rio. Since coming back to wrestling, Vinesh won gold at the 2018 Asian Games and her exhibitions in the course of recent years implies she stays a decoration contender going into the delayed Tokyo Olympics.

The Sports Ministry on May 5 welcomed designations for the 2020 National Sports Awards including the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and the Arjuna Award. The service has requested designations to be sent by means of email taking into account the coronavirus circumstance.

The procedure, which as a rule begins in April, has been postponed because of the pandemic. "Because of lockdown by virtue of the episode of COVID-19, printed copies of designations are not required to be sent. Checked duplicates of the selections properly marked by the candidate/suggesting authority might be sent at previously mentioned email ids, before last date of accommodation," said the service in its round.

The ministry gave a cutoff time of June 3 to document the submission.