Vinesh Phogat grateful for another shot at Olympic glory after Rio heartbreak

first_imgBorn into the famous Phogat family of wrestlers, Vinesh Phogat has been winning laurels for the nation and rewriting the history books since she was only 19.From being stretchered off after suffering a knee dislocation during her quarterfinal bout at the 2016 Rio Olympics to winning her maiden World Championships medal in 2019, Vinesh Phogat has again risen to become India’s biggest medal hope in the sport at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Vinesh is the cousin of former Commonwealth champions Geeta and Babita Phogat, the sisters who rose above obscurity to gain wrestling fame. Hindi blockbuster ‘Dangal’ tells the story of how Geeta and Babita, two girls from Balali village in Haryana, became world-class wrestlers.Geeta Phogat scripted history by winning the first-ever gold medal for India in wrestling, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She also became the first Indian woman to have qualified for the Olympics in 2012. Her younger sister, Babita Kumari also won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, a bronze medal at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships. She’s a gold medallist from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.Vinesh Phogat recently told that she does not feel the burden of expectations of the ‘Phogat’ surname and that she has figured out how to deal with pressure in the lead up to Tokyo Olympics. On being asked about the chance of becoming the first Phogat sister to win an Olympics medal, Vinesh says everyone is happy that she has made it to the grand stage again after 4 years.”There is hope and everyone is happy that I have qualified for the Olympics for the second time. And everyone’s prayers have made it possible. People have been very supportive since my injury in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Never felt that I have been alienated and that gives me motivation. And that’s the reason that after 4 years, I have still made it to the same level as I was in Rio Olympics. Not just mine but everyone’s dreams were shattered when I was stretchered off the mat mid-way during my quarter-final bout in Rio. I would like to repay people’s prayers with my performance at the Tokyo Olympics.”advertisementAt arguably the biggest match of her career so far-quarter-finals of the 48kg freestyle category in Rio Olympics, Vinesh Phogat had sustained a career-threatening knee injury during her bout against Sun Yanan of China.Four years hence, the World Championships medal has given Vinesh Phogat a lot of joy and confidence ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, which is 9 months away.”I never thought that I would recover and reach the Olympics again. I always keep thinking of getting another chance to win an Olympic medal. Even when I would get tired in training, thoughts of my Olympic dream kept me going. I used the frustration of the last Olympics to secure the quota and it was a big weight off my shoulder,” she said.Vinesh’s cousin Geeta Phogat had recently said her grit and never-say-die attitude should hold her in good stead. “She is one of India’s finest female wrestlers. She is very hardworking and dedicated to her game. She never gives up.”Also Read | Vinesh is one of India’s finest female wrestlers, she never gives up: Geeta PhogatAlso Read | Maths and Heights: What scares wrestling superstar Vinesh Phogat?Also Read | Vinesh Phogat on Tokyo Olympics: Whatever the results, I want to compete for 6 full minutesAlso See:last_img read more

Health Canada revokes licences of pot producer Agrima Botanicals

VANCOUVER — Cannabis producer Agrima Botanicals Corp. has had its licences revoked by Health Canada, months after the company disclosed the regulator’s finding that “unauthorized activities” with pot took place at the firm.Agrima is now listed on Health Canada’s website of licensed producers with the status “revoked,” after having its licences suspended last fall.Agrima’s parent company Ascent Industries Corp said in November that the regulator had asserted that “unauthorized activities” involving cannabis occurred at the company during a period of time when it was privately held, but it was appealing its suspension.Health Canada has said it suspended Agrima’s producer and dealer’s licence under the former Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations for non-compliance with the regulations, and notified it in November that it intended to revoke them.The revocation comes after the B.C. based cannabis company filed for creditor protection earlier this year to address near-term liquidity issues which it says were in “large part” caused by the suspension of its licences.A July 9 report by Ascent’s court-appointed monitor Ernst & Young said the firm hired a consultant to engage with Health Canada about the sale or transfer of the suspended licences, but received no response from the regulator.Ascent was not immediately available for comment.The Canadian Press read more