Indian star wrestler Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian athlete to be nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award. The Awards will be presented on February 18, 2019 in Monaco, a tiny independent city-state on France’s Mediterranean coastline.
• Phogat has been nominated for the award alongside US Tour Championship winner Tiger Woods, who won his first tournament in five years.
• The 24-year-old from Haryana made a sensational comeback in 2018 after battling a long injury lay-off.
• She not only won gold at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games but also won a silver in the 2018 Asian Championships in Bishkek and a gold at the Asian Games in Jakarta.
• Phogat was one of the favourites to win a medal for India at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but a horrific knee injury forced her out of the tournament during the quarter-finals.
• Though the injury was viewed virtually as a death sentence for her career, the wrestler steadily worked her way back to fitness.
• The Laureus World Sports Awards is an annual awards ceremony, which honours individuals and teams from the world of sports along with sporting achievements throughout the year.
• It was established in 1999 by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation founding patrons Daimler and Richemont and supported by its global partners Mercedes-Benz and IWC Schaffhausen.