Vinesh Phogat Olympics: The Indian wrestler was temporarily suspended by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on August 10 for indiscipline. At the same time, wrestler Sonam Malik received notice of misconduct. “These kids think, they have become star wrestlers and are entitled to do anything,” WFI officials told the PTI.
Concerning the issue of suspension and notice of misconduct to Phogat and Malik respectively, a WFI official told PTI, “This is gross indiscipline. She has been suspended temporarily and barred from all wrestling activities.” The suspension also means the Phogat will not be able to compete in any national or other domestic events until she files a response to the allegations and WFI takes a final decision
“WFI was pulled up by IOA why can’t they control their athletes,” the official added, “IOA is issuing a notice to WFI in this regard.”
Vinesh Phogat Suspended:
Reportedly, when Phogat was allotted a room near to those of her Indian team-mates — Malik, Anshu Malik and Seema Bisla, Phogat created a ruckus and argued that she might have caught the COVID-19 virus because the other players travelled to Tokyo from India.
The officials added that Phogat did not train with any of the other Indian wrestlers. “It appeared as if she had come with the Hungary team and had nothing to do with the Indian contingent.”
“One day her training timing clashed with the timings of the other Indian girls and she chose not to train at the same arena with them.”
“This is not acceptable. This is not how senior wrestlers are supposed to behave.”
The 19-year-old wrestler who has been given a notice for misconduct entered Tokyo as the top medal contender. However, eventually, she suffered a defeat against Belarus’ Vanesa Kaladzinskaya.
The WFI officials added in the PTI report Phogat violated a rule according to which the players themselves or their family members are supposed to collect their passport from the WFI office. However, Phogat ordered SAI officials to collect on her behalf.
Offended by the activities of Phogat, one of the WFI officials said, “This is not acceptable. They have achieved nothing and are showing attitude.”
Phogat will now have to reply to the given notice that mentioned indiscipline on three counts by a deadline of August 16.
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