NEW DELHI: Vinesh Phogat, who had been granted a direct entry into the Asian Games, on Tuesday announced her unfortunate inability to participate in the upcoming event in Hangzhou. This setback stems from a knee injury that necessitates surgical intervention.

The decision to exempt Vinesh and Bajrang Punia from the Asian Games trials had sparked significant controversy within the wrestling community, drawing criticism for the ad-hoc panel’s choice.
Regrettably, Vinesh’s luck has taken a downturn, as she will not be able to partake in the sporting spectacle commencing September 23 in Hangzhou.

Addressing the situation, Vinesh disclosed her injury through a statement posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“I wanted to share an extremely sad piece of news. A couple of days ago on 13th August 2023, I injured my left knee in training. After doing the scans and examinations, the doctor has said that unfortunately, surgery is the only option for me to recover,” she wrote.
“I will be undergoing surgery on 17th August in Mumbai. It was my dream to retain my Asian Games gold medal for India which I won in 2018 in Jakarta. But unfortunately, this injury has ruled out my participation now.”
She also said that she has informed all concerned authorities so that the reserve player can be sent to the Asian Games.
It clears the way for Antim Panghal‘s inclusion in the squad. The U-20 world champion Panghal had won the trials and was put on standby.
“I would like to request all the fans to continue supporting me so that I can make a strong comeback on the mat soon and prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Your support gives me a slot of strength,” Vinesh wrote.
(With PTI Inputs)

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