Wrestling Her Way Back

Health & Nutrition - - FITNESS FORUM -

22-year-old wrestler Vi­nesh Phogat twisted her knee awk­wardly in the quar­ter fi­nal bout at the Rio Olympics 2016, which ended her jour­ney there. But the feisty Haryana girl is get­ting back on track now, and gear­ing up for the Asian Cham­pi­onships.

Ini­tial Days

“I come from a fam­ily of wrestlers. I was coached and guided by my un­cle Ma­havir Singh Phogat. He was my first coach, and the tough­est one I have ever come ac­cross. “Tauji was very par­tic­u­lar about what we eat, do and how we spent our free time. And that dis­ci­pline helped my cousins Geeta, Babita and me to make it big today.”

Study­ing & Wrestling

“As a child, to pick be­tween sport and ed­u­ca­tion is never easy. While wrestling was my pas­sion, ed­u­ca­tion could not be ig­nored. “But time man­age­ment helped. My fam­ily pro­vided me with all the sup­port that I needed.”

The Rio Chap­ter

“I trained at the camp un­der Kuldeep Malik’s guid­ance with the en­tire In­dian wrestling con­tin­gent. There we did high­in­ten­sity and skill-sharp­en­ing ses­sions. As soon as the camp be­gan, we started fo­cus­ing on pro­tein-rich diet and steered clear of all kinds of harm­ful fats.”

The Knee In­jury At Rio

“It took me some time to re­alise what ac­tu­ally hap­pened. I clearly re­mem­ber, when they stretchered me off and took me to the re­cov­ery room, I kept telling my doc­tors that I wanted to go out there and win. But my leg had be­come numb due to the pain. I was shat­tered! I thought it was all over for me.”

Af­ter Rio

“I am slowly get­ting back on the mat now. The re­hab fo­cused on strength build­ing and con­di­tion­ing. My goal is to grab a gold at the Tokyo 2020.” AISHWARYA P VAIDYA

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