Ace Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat has become the first Indian sportsperson to receive a nomination in one of the seven main categories at the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards. The gold medal winner of 2018 Asian Games and 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has been nominated in “Comeback of the year” categories.
The 24-year-old women's 50kg freestyle wrestler made a spectacular comeback in 2018 after battling a knee injury she sustained in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She was stretchered off the arena after dislocating her knee during the women’s freestyle 48kg quarterfinals against Sun Yanan of China.
Phogat has been nominated alongside golf legend Tiger Woods, Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Manyu, American ski racer Lindsey Vonn, Dutch para-snowboarding star Bibian Mentel-Spee, and Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris.
Magic Bus from India won the Laureus Sport for Good award in 2014. In 2004, the Indian Cricket Team and Pakistan Cricket Team shared the Awards for playing an international match despite political tensions between the two countries.
However, Phogat is the first athlete from the country to be nominated in one of the seven main categories. The Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony is to be held on February 18.