Reflecting on her journey from picking up a career-threatening injury in the 2016 Rio Olympics to emerging as a top medal contender for the Tokyo Games, ace wrestler Vinesh Phogat has thanked her fans and well-wishers and asked all to pray for her during the upcoming Olympic Games.

In a long emotionally-charged message posted on Twitter on Sunday, Vinesh said she had been reflecting on her journey in the run-up to her second Olympics.

“The journey to Tokyo has been long, bittersweet and difficult at times. But, ultimately (it’s) hugely satisfying. The pandemic and all its consequences have added a completely different dimension to the road to the Olympics but all the twists and turns have come together to make the trip sweeter,” said Vinesh.

“Casting my mind back five years, I wasn’t even sure whether I would be able to get on to the mat again. The injury in Rio was easily one…

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