Vinesh Phogat on her Wrestling Career: Vinesh Phogat, the female wrestler who won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games 2022 held in Birmingham, had once made up her mind to quit wrestling. She was troubled by not winning medals in two consecutive Olympics. Vinesh mentioned this after returning from Birmingham.
Vinesh Phogat could not win a medal in Rio Olympics 2016 due to knee injury. After this, in the Tokyo Olympics 2020, she landed as the world number-1 in her weight category but missed the medal after being a victim of upset in the quarter-finals. After this Vinesh started thinking of leaving wrestling forever. However, she strengthened herself and with the support of family and friends she got rid of this idea too.
Vinesh says, “I managed to overcome a major mental barrier. I had almost made up my mind to give up wrestling as I could not win a single medal in two Olympics. The Olympics is the biggest stage for an athlete. Although my family always supported me. He always believed in my ability.
‘PM Modi has given himself confidence’
Vinesh also credited the meeting with PM Modi in getting out of this bad time. She said, ‘I met Modi ji when I was very upset. He encouraged me. He said- we trust you and you can do it. His trust created energy in me.
‘The support you get after losing matters’
Vinesh says, ‘When you win, everyone stands with you. But the support you get after you lose matters a lot. And I got this support from my family and fans. I wanted to prove myself. The support I was getting was also in my mind. I didn’t want to disappoint myself. Some people I’ve never met. I don’t know him but I kept getting his support. I just thought I would have to rise for them again.
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