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Antim on Vinesh's exemption from trials: What is so special about her?

Panghal, who is a silver medallist from the senior Asian Championship, asked the criteria for exemption through a video.

Antim Panghal vs Vinesh Phogat

Panghal alleged that during the Birmingham Asian Games trials too, Vinesh had got a raw deal.

Press Trust of India New Delhi

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Reigning Under-20 World Champion Antim Panghal on Wednesday questioned the Asian Games trials exemption given to to Vinesh Phogat, asserting that not just she but many other Indian wrestlers are capable of beating the celebrated grappler in the 53kg category.
Vinesh (53kg) and Bajrang Punia (65kg) were given direct entries for the Asian Games by the Indian Olympic Association's ad-hoc committee on Tuesday while other wrestlers will have to book their places in the Indian squad through selection trials on July 22 and 23.
The 19-year-old Panghal, who hails from Hisar in Haryana and competes in 53kg, asked why Vinesh has been selected when she has not been practicing for long.
Panghal, who is a silver medallist from the senior Asian Championship, asked the criteria for exemption through a video.
"Vinesh Phogat has received direct entry for the Asian Games, when she had not done any practice in the last one year. She doesn't have any achievement in the last one year," Panghal said in the video.

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First Published: Jul 19 2023 | 11:59 AM IST

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