Ace Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat had a great 2018 season, in which she won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a silver in the 2018 Asian Championships in Bishkek and a gold at the Asian Games in Jakarta after making a comeback from a long injury lay-off. The year 2019 has started with some good news for the Haryana girl as she became the first Indian to receive a nomination in the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards to be held in Monaco on February 18.
The Laureus World Sports Awards is an annual award ceremony honouring individuals and teams from the world of sports along with sporting achievements throughout the year. The 24-year-old Indian has received nomination for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year. Golfing great Tiger Woods of US has also been nominated in the same category.
Things looked different three years back when Vinesh was stretchered off after dislocating her knee during the quarterfinals of 50kg freestyle event during the 2016 Olympic Games. The wrestler though made a remarkable comeback from a career-ending injury and has been a dominant force on the mat, winning medals for the country.
Phew! We’re done. All the nominations are here. Is your favourite on this list? Let us know below 👇Congratulations to everyone who is nominated and good luck for the #Laureus19 World Sports Awards on 18 February 2019 in Monaco. pic.twitter.com/lKychOH4zx
— Laureus (@LaureusSport) January 17, 2019
Vinesh makes history as the first Indian athlete to be nominated in one of the seven main categories at the prestigious awards. Last year, she was one of the nominees for the Padma Shri award and is expected to be a favourite to win a medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
This is not the first time that there has been an Indian presence at the award. The Indian cricket team and Pakistan cricket team made its way to the Laureus World Sports Awards in 2004 and shared the Laureus Sport for Good Award for playing an International match despite political tensions between the two countries. Most recently, Magic Bus from India won the Laureus Sport for Good award in 2014.