Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat was on Sunday ruled out of the prestigious championship after suffering an elbow injury during practice
New Delhi: Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat, who was exempted from the World Championship trials, was on Sunday ruled out of the prestigious championship after suffering an elbow injury during practice in Lucknow.
"It is a big setback for us. During sparring, she injured her elbow and the MRI scans done in Mumbai revealed the ligaments are torn. It will be very risky to compete in the Worlds," a WFI official said.
Vinesh, who was exempted from the World Championship trials, was to compete in the 50kg category and was a medal favourite.
When contacted, Vinesh said, "I won't say anything. You will soon get to know what happened."
National coach Kuldeep Malik refused to comment on the development.
The Wrestling Federation will have to look for a replacement but interestingly the next best grappler in the 50kg category Ritu Phogat has now been selected to represent the country in the 53kg.
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Last Updated Sep 24, 2018, 12:44 PM IST