Vinesh Phogat creates history, achieved something even 'God' Sachin Tendulkar couldn't; details inside
24-year-old female wrestler Vinesh Phogat on Thursday became the first Indian to be nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Award. Vinesh will be competing for the award with golf great Tiger Woods, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris, American Alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn, Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Manyu and Dutch para-snowboarding star Bibian Mentel-Spee.
Vinesh has been nominated in “Laureus World Sporting Comeback” category of 2019. Vinesh had a stellar 2018 in which she won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a silver in 2018 Asian Championships in Bishkek and a gold at the Asian Games in Jakarta.
She was one of the favorites to win a medal for India at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, but fell short after a knee injury in the quarter-finals. Aged just 24, she was one of the nominee for the Padma Shri award in 2018.