World championships bronze medallist and Asian Games and Commonwealth Games champion wrestler Vinesh Phogat is thrilled to be recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and feels that the national honour will motivate her to shine in the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

The 25-year-old, who has secured an Olympic quota place in women’s 53kg, shared her happiness with Sportstar as she spoke about her life during the lockdown and the road ahead.

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What does the Khel Ratna award mean to you? How will it motivate you in the run-up to the Olympics?

It is a big award. When you work hard and people appreciate your effort and you get an award which stays with you forever, it gives a lot of happiness. When the government gives you such an award, actually it is the whole of India which is recognising you and it means a lot. It tells how much appreciation we will get when we…

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