September 24, 2022

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India’s high wrestler Vinesh Phogat has been suspended for misconduct on the Tokyo Olympics, the place she had been one of many nation’s high medal hopes, the nationwide federation stated Wednesday.

The 26-year-old from a famed Indian wrestling dynasty went into the Video games as world primary within the 53kg however crashed out within the quarter-finals.

Wrestling Federation of India assistant secretary Vinod Tomar advised AFP that Phogat had been suspended on “three counts of indiscipline”.

Phogat refused to share an athletes’ village room with India’s different ladies wrestlers, wouldn’t put on the crew’s official shirt in competitors and wouldn’t prepare with the remainder of the crew, Tomar stated.

“She refused to stick with the remainder of the ladies wrestlers as a result of Covid fears as she flew in from Hungary along with her coach whereas the remaining had come from India,” stated the official.

Phogat is a cousin of Commonwealth Video games gold medallists Geeta and Babita Phogat whose story was featured within the Bollywood hit film “Dangal”.

She has but to make a public remark concerning the fees however has been advised to reply by Monday.

Teenager Sonam Malik was additionally charged with related misconduct forward of the Olympics the place she suffered a first-round exit.

“These up-and-coming ladies assume they’re stars and might get away with such issues, however they need to realise that they’re representing the nation,” stated Tomar.

India’s males’s wrestlers obtained a silver via Ravi Dahiya within the 57kg and bronze via Bajrang Punia (65kg).

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