After the Tokyo Olympics 2020, the WFI accused Vinesh Phogat of indiscipline and stopped her from participating in any tournament. Neeraj Chopra revealed that he will support Vinesh Phogat.
India's first track-and-field Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra has spoken out in favor of wrestler Vinesh Phogat, who got provisionally suspended by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). Javelin athlete Neeraj Chopra posted a photo with Vinesh Phogat on his Twitter handle and wrote in captions that he will continue to back the wrestler.
Vinesh Phogat was one of the most significant medal contenders for India at the Tokyo Olympic 2021 Games. But Vinesh failed in the quarterfinal match. After the event, the WFI accused Vinesh Phogat of indiscipline and prohibited her from participating in any tournament.
Neeraj Chopra said, "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."
Meanwhile, the 2018 Asian Games champion has denied WFI on all their accusations apart from one - linked to the wrong jersey she wore at the Tokyo Olympics. Vidushpat Singhania, the managing partner of Krida Legal, is representing Vinesh Phogat against WFI.
"While the Athlete deeply regrets not winning a medal, the Athlete believes she has been wrongfully accused of misconduct and indiscipline at the Tokyo Olympic Games Village ('Olympic Village'). The Athlete respectfully refutes the allegations specified under the said Notice," the response was mentioned by many sports news articles.
"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," the reply stated.
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