2018 World Wrestling Championships: Vinesh Phogat Ruled Out Due to Injury, Ritu Named As Replacement

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Meanwhile, Sangeeta Phogat has been added as a replacement for her sister Geeta Phogat, who ruled herself out of the tournament despite knee surgery. Sangeeta will compete in the 59kg category.

Wrestler Ritu Phogat has been named as Vinesh Phogat’s replacement in the 50kg weight category for the World Wrestling Championships to be held in Budapest from October 20. The Wrestling Federation of India also added Pinki in the 53kg category. Vinesh was ruled out of the tournament after injuring herself during a training session. Vinesh was earlier part of the team in the 53kg category while Ritu will compete in the 50kg category. Virat Kohli Scores ‘0’ to Get Khel Ratna 2018! Bajrang Punia & Vinesh Phogat Lose out to the Honour Despite Scoring 80 Points

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Vinesh recently took to Twitter and announce that due to the elbow injury she will be out of the action for 4-6 weeks. “Hi everyone, I’m sad to inform you all that I wouldn’t be participating in the upcoming World Championships in Hungary. Unfortunately 2 days ago, I injured my elbow during training. The doctor has advised me to rest it out for 4-6 weeks,” she wrote.

“I would be taking this time off to come back sooner and stronger than before... Thank you for your constant love and support!” she added.

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Meanwhile, Sangeeta Phogat has been added as a replacement for her sister Geeta Phogat, who ruled herself out of the tournament despite knee surgery. Sangeeta will compete in the 59kg category.

“Earlier we had Ritu in 53kg but now she has to come back to 50kg. This also brings back Pinki in the 53kg category. As far as 59kg is concerned, Sangeeta earlier told us that she is medically unfit so we named Geeta. Now she confirmed to us that she can participate so we have selected her as she won the trials,” WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar was quoted as saying by Scroll.

India Team for World Wrestling Championships: Ritu Phogat (50kg), Pinki (53kg), Seema (55kg), Pooja Dhanda (57kg), Sangeeta Phogat (59kg), Sakshi Malik (62kg), Ritu Malik (65kg), Navjot Kaur (68kg), Rajni (72kg), Kiran (75kg)