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'Powerless' wrestler Vinesh Phogat takes to Twitter, electricity restored after Kiren Rijiju steps in

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 19 July 2019, 11:01 PM
Star Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju
Star Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

Star Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat's outburst on social media over a power cut at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre at Lucknow finally paid off on Friday. The grappler took to Twitter to complain that there has been no electricity from the past 24 hours and no solution was provided yet. She also tagged Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and SAI media in her tweet.

"24hours and more in counting without electricity at Wrestling National Camp. No solution provided yet. Haven't slept the whole night. How will we train without any rest? Not even a single fan working. Still sweating in 36deg of heat in Lucknow!!! @Media_SAI @KirenRijiju," Phogat tweeted.

Phogat, 24, is currently attending a Wrestling National Camp at the SAI centre in Lucknow.

Kiren Rijiju replied to Phogat and said there was a fault in the transformer outside the centre and the power supply has been restored.

"I have taken note of the issue @Phogat_Vinesh and found that the fault was in a transformer outside SAI centre. SAI officials have been present at the spot since morning to oversee the repair works and power has been restored," Rijiju replied Phogat in a tweet.

Two times Commonwealth Games gold medalist Phogat recently won two consecutive gold in 53kg, winning the Yasar Dogu International with a commanding victory over Russia's Ekaterina Poleshchuk in Istanbul.

The top Indian woman wrestler, who stood atop the podium at Grand Prix of Spain recently, beat her Russian opponent 9-5 in the final of the UWW ranking series tournament. Vinesh's was the third gold in the women's competition for India after Seema (50kg) and Manju (59kg) triumphed in their respective categories.

First Published: Friday, July 19, 2019 11:01 PM
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