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Rio Olympics: Sushma Swaraj shows support for injured Saina, Vinesh

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:47 IST

While India celebrated the silver-medal finish by PV Sindhu in women's badminton singles and Sakshi Malik's bronze in wrestling at the Rio Olympics, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on 20 August sent out words of support to another Indian woman wrestler who suffered a heart-rending injury in her quest for glory.

Known for her active use of social media, Sushma Swaraj said on Twitter that she spoke to Vinesh Phogat who suffered a ligament injury.

"I spoke to @phogat_vinesh . She has ligament injury. Dr Rucha Kashalkar Physiotherapist is attending on her. Our @cgisaopaulo Abhilasha Joshi is in constant touch. @indiainbrazil," she tweeted on 20 August.

Vinesh had sustained what seemed to be a serious knee injury during her bout against Sun Yanan of China in the quarter-finals of the women's Freestyle 48kg category at the Carioca Arena 2 Rio de Janeiro on 17 August.

After an MRI test, doctors concluded that there was a ligament tear and injury to muscles in the outer part of the knee area and that recovering in such cases is ensured but Vinesh would have to rest and move around in crutches for two weeks.

Sushma Swaraj is actively following the Indians in the Olympics was evident when she tweeted support to injured Saina Nehwal while congratulating PV Sindhu.

"Every Indian prays for your speedy recovery. @NSaina," she tweeted on 20 August.

With P.V. Sindhu winning a silver after 1-2 loss to Spain's Carolina Marin in the badminton women's singles final on 19 August, the External Affairs Minister said: "Indian Embassy officials in Brazil convey nation's greeting to P.V.Sindhu".

First published: 20 August 2016, 7:19 IST