‘We are humans, not robots’: grappler Vinesh Phogat lashes out at critics | UKTN

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Indian star wrestler Vinesh Phogat fired a volley at the “so-called fans and pundits” on social media, denouncing the negative criticism hurled at her during the World Championship, saying the “athletes are not robots”. Vinesh also called on fellow athletes to keep working hard to end this unsolicited culture of criticism. On the road to redemption, Vinesh became the first Indian female wrestler to win two World Cup medals when she took 53kg of bronze in Belgrade last week.

However, her manner of defeat to Mongolian Khulan Batkhuyag (0-7) in the qualifying round sparked sharp criticism on social media platforms.

However, Vinesh made a strong comeback as she won her two repechages and then the bronze playoff without conceding a single point. The 28-year-old is not one to hold back and she came out with a lengthy statement, which gave a sense of how hurt she was by the criticism.

“Athletes are people and while athlete is a big part of who we are, it doesn’t mean we work like robots every time a tournament is announced. I’m not sure if this culture is in every country or if this is just India we have so many experts at home,” Vinesh wrote in her post.

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“Every individual, professional or not, has faced hardships, struggles and challenges along their journey.

“The difference is that the world doesn’t comment and criticize them, thinking that they are experts on those professionals and their careers. But we have many who see themselves as sports experts who think they can see the efforts, the hardships and what’s to come. look at training an athlete know. .” Vinesh questioned the relentless monitoring of athletes.

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“Why are we as athletes accountable to them for every detail when all athletes get back are comments on how to train, what to do instead of support and encouragement in difficult times.

“It’s very discouraging when people assume that they can say when athletes should retire or end their careers, when to play and not to play.

“A win doesn’t always mean an athlete did something out of the ordinary and a loss doesn’t mean the athlete didn’t try in that match. Winning and losing is part of every athlete’s journey and the athletes try again every time.” She also said the critics have no idea of ​​the effort and resources needed to prepare an athlete.

“It’s very easy to comment on these things because for them it’s only one day of their lives after watching a game, what they don’t realize is that these things can seriously drag and affect the condition of the athletes. affect their mood, especially in difficult times.

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“It’s going great with social media now connecting all fans and supporters, but times were simpler when social media wasn’t involved to spread these comments and negative criticism.” Vinesh asked fellow Indian athletes to keep dreaming and work hard and hoped that unnecessary criticism would end.

“To all my fellow athletes who have the courage to repeatedly put themselves through a difficult journey and show compassion for their dream without fear of people,” she wrote.

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“My dear athletes, we are all on the same page and have similar journeys. Hopefully one day we will try to change this culture with our consistent efforts, courage and dedication.”

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