We are athletes, not robots: Vinesh Phogat lashes
We are athletes, not robots: Vinesh Phogat lashes: Vinesh Phogat, a prominent Indian wrestler, responded to the criticism leveled at her during the World Championship. It is by tweeting that “athletes are not robots” and taking aim at the “so-called fans and experts” who she claims are ruining the sport for everyone.
Vinesh also urged his fellow athletes to keep grinding out victories till the culture of unwarranted criticism dies out.
Vinesh, on a mission of atonement, won bronze in the 53-kilogram weight class in the World Championships last week in Belgrade.
She lost to Mongolia’s Khulan Batkhuyag (1-6) in the Qualification round, but the way she lost sparked harsh criticism on social media.
However, Vinesh staged a remarkable comeback, going undefeated in both of her repechage matches and the bronze medal match.
The 28-year-old isn’t one to hold back, and she issued a lengthy statement that conveyed how hurt she was by the criticism.
Even if being an athlete is a big part of who we are, that doesn’t mean we go into robot mode every time a tournament is announced. Whether this attitude is shared globally or is unique to India, where Vinesh notes, “we have so many specialists sitting at home,” is unclear from her post.
Everyone, whether they’re a professional or not, has had to overcome obstacles along the way.
The world, however, does not weigh in with judgments and criticisms about these people and their work, as if they were experts in the field.
However, there are many people who fancy themselves sports gurus and who think they have a firm grasp on the challenges and sacrifices that athletes face throughout training. Vinesh raised concerns about the relentless focus on athletes.
When athletes are put in a position where they must answer to others for every aspect of their lives, it can be frustrating to receive just advice on how they should train or what they should do instead of moral support.
It’s disheartening when non-athletes think they know better than the players themselves when it comes to deciding whether athletes should retire or continue playing.
Just because an athlete wins a game does not mean that they performed exceptionally well, and just because they lose a game does not mean that they did not give it their all.
Every athlete has success and failure, and the best they can do is give it their all every time. She went on to say that the naysayers have no idea how much time and money an athlete spends on training.
They think nothing of it because it’s only one day in their lives after watching a match, but the truth is that these things may weigh heavily on an athlete’s mind and spirit, especially during trying times.
It’s nice that everyone’s followers and supporters can stay in touch through social media, but things sure were easier before the advent of online commenting and sharing. Vinesh encouraged his fellow Indian athletes to never give up on their dreams or their hard work, and he wished for an end to the negative comments.
She dedicated the post to her fellow athletes, saying, “Here’s to all my fellow athletes who have the fortitude to continually put themselves through a terrible road and exhibit compassion towards their dream without fearing anyone.”
We share a common goal and a common path, my fellow athletes. In the future, I hope that we will make a concerted effort to alter this culture via the use of our utmost bravery and will.