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

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

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

However, Vinesh made a strong comeback as she won her two repechage rounds 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, giving an idea of ​​how hurt she was by the criticism.

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

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“Each 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 because they think they are experts on those professionals and their careers. But we have many who consider themselves experts on sports who think they have the efforts , the rigors and what goes into training an athlete.” Vinesh questioned the relentless scrutiny of athletes.

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

“It’s very disheartening when people think they can comment on when athletes should retire or end their careers, when they should play and not play.

“A win doesn’t always mean an athlete did something extraordinary and a loss doesn’t mean the athlete didn’t try during that competition. Winning and losing are part of every athlete’s journey and the athletes give their best every time. ” She also said the critics have no idea of ​​the effort and resources required for an athlete’s preparations.

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

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“Social media is doing great now connecting all fans and supporters, but times were simpler when social media was not involved in spreading these comments and negative criticism.” Vinesh asked fellow Indian athletes to keep dreaming and working hard and hoped that unnecessary criticism would end.

“This is for 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.

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

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