“A lot of people advised my father not to make me wrestle. They said if I injured myself, no one would be marrying me. But my father was resolute.”
Navjot Kaur was the first Indian woman gold medallist in the history of the Asian Championships before Divya Kakran.
India’s gold medallist in the Asiad and Commonwealth Games has been competing in the 48 kg category since her senior international debut. But she has switched her weight category (from 50kg to 53kg) very recently, which was a very risky move but she came out winner in that too!
The championships is scheduled to be held in Jalandhar, Punjab from November 29 to December 1, which will feature over 500 wrestlers vying for top honours.
With eyes fixed on the Tokyo Olympics, Vinesh has sealed an Olympic berth in her 53kg weight category at the World Wrestling Championships this month.
Vinesh Phogat becomes first Indian — man or woman — wrestler to book spot at Olympics 2020.
The 24-year-old used her strength and steady moves to take down her American opponent with an 8-2 win to secure her place at the Tokyo Games, slated to start from July 24, 2020.
“I am a very big fan of Narendra Modi. I have been his fan since 2014. He has worked a lot for the country. I think everyone would like to join the BJP,” Phogat told reporters at the BJP office.
Vinesh Phogat had her game face on from the very beginning as she stood atop the podium at Grand Prix of Spain and at the Yasar Dogu International at Istanbul, Turkey, last month with two golds.
Haryana girl Komal Panchal was the U15 Asian champion in 2018 and won a silver medal at the cadet Asian Championships earlier this year.
The 17-year-old Sonam Malik from Madina village in Sonepat has three medals at world championships and she has also clinched one silver and two bronze medals at the Asian level.
At the Wrestling Grand Prix of Spain, Vinesh Phogat clinches gold medal in the 53kg category, while Divya Kakran claims top honours in 68kg.