Golden boy, Neeraj Chopra has tweeted a photo with Vinesh Phogat after the latter was banned by the WFI, the Wrestling Federation of India. The Olympic gold medallist has come out in support of Vinesh who is currently facing the wrath of the WFI authorities for breaching the contract.
Neeraj shared a photo with Vinesh on his twitter with the caption:
“Every player lands on the field with the aim of raising the tricolor for their country. Vinesh Phogat is one of India’s best athletes who has brought glory to the country on many occasions. We are all proud of you and will continue to support you in the next phase of your career.”
हर खिलाड़ी अपने देश के तिरंगे को ऊंचा करने के मकसद से फील्ड पर उतरता है। @Phogat_Vinesh हमारे देश के सर्वश्रेष्ठ खिलाड़ियों में से एक है जिन्होंने तिरंगे को कई बार लहराया है। We are all proud of you and will continue to support you through the next phase of your career. pic.twitter.com/rV5sfdBxHq— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) August 15, 2021
The country had pinned all her hopes on Vinesh to win a medal in wrestling but unfortunately the wrestler returned home empty handed. After her return, WFI banned her from participating in any future wrestling events for breaching her contract.
Vinesh apparently did not stay with the Indian wrestling team upon her arrival in Tokyo. WFI further claimed that the wrestler refused to wear the state sponsored singlet and instead chose to wear her personal sponsored singlet.
After the news of her ban was reported, Vinesh addressed the issue and refuted the claims of the WFI. She mentioned how she was mentally broken after her devastating defeat at the marquee event. Prior to the event, the wrestler had also contracted the coronavirus twice.
She further mentioned how the Simon Biles excuse would not work in India.
Although she addressed the issue, it is unlikely that WFI with withdraw all bans against her. Meanwhile, her laywer, Vidushpat Singhania, Krida Legal’s managing partner, is working hard to clear her name.
“In order to follow all COVID-19 protocols, Vinesh was required to stay with athletes of India’s track & field contingent who had arrived before the wrestlers and completed their quarantine, and was housed with Revathi Veeramani, Subha Venkatesan and Sekar Dhanalakshmi. The Athlete did not stay separately from the Indian contingent, as even the athletics contingent was a part of the larger Indian contingent at the Tokyo Olympics 2020,” Vidushpat stated.