Vinesh Phogat title hopes go up in smoke after defeat against reigning world champion

first_img Next Vinesh Phogat title hopes go up in smoke after defeat against reigning world championIt was a second consecutive defeat for Vinesh Phogat against Mayu Mukaida of Japan this season after losing to the two-time world champion at the Asian Championship in China.advertisement Press Trust of India Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan)September 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 14:39 IST Vinesh Phogat suffered a second round defeat at Wresting World Championship. (Twitter: @DDNational)HIGHLIGHTSVinesh Phogat lost 0-7 to Mayu Mukaida of Japan in the 2nd round at the WorldsIt was Vinesh’s second consecutive defeat against the Japanese this seasonIn another Olympic category, Seema Bisla (50kg) also lost her pre-quarterfinal boutStar Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat was on Tuesday pushed out of the title race by reigning champion Mayu Mukaida of Japan at the World Championship here.It was a second consecutive defeat for Vinesh against the Japanese this season after losing to the two-time world champion at the Asian Championship in China.Vinesh has Commonwealth Games and Asian Games titles to her name but is yet to win a medal at the Worlds.Mukaida has reached the semifinals and one more win for her will keep Vinesh not only in the medal hunt but also for Tokyo Olympics qualification.In another Olympic category, Seema Bisla (50kg) lost her pre-quarterfinal 2-9 to three-time Olympic medallist Mariya Stadnik.The Azerbaijani has also reached the semifinals, keeping Seema alive in the competition.In non-Olympic categories, Komal Gole was too defensive against Turkey’s Beste Altug and lost her 72kg Qualification bout 1-4, while Lalita was outplayed 3-10 by Mongolia’s Bolortuya Bat Ochir in 55kg.Both Lalita and Komal are now out of the championship since Bolortuya and Altug later lost their respective quarterfinals.Placed in an extremely tough 53kg bracket, Vinesh made a dominating start by outclassing Rio Olympic bronze medallist Sofia Mattsson, winning 13-0 in her opening round.However, in the much-anticipated clash against world number two Mukaida, Vinesh could not be her usual attacking self and lost 0-7.The first 60-70 seconds remained without scores as they measured each other. Vinesh lost a point on passivity and from there on, the Japanese began to dominate.advertisementA quick take-down, followed by an expose and another take-down gave the Japanese a commanding 7-0 lead.Vinesh needed to attack but Mukaida’s defence was like an immovable rock. The Indian made two double-leg attacks and also got hold of Mukaida’s left leg but could not convert those moves into points.Against Mattsson, Vinesh followed a strategy of staying away from the Swede.Vinesh did not allow her to come close to play her hold-game. In no time, she raced to a 4-0 lead and made it a commanding 8-0 with a double leg attack and a takedown from a waist attack.A healthy lead in her pocket, Vinesh just needed to stay calm and save some energy in the second period. She ended the bout with a four-point throw near the edge of the mat.Vinesh had recently beaten Sofia, the six-time World Championship medal winner, en route the Poland Open title-win last month.Seema is world number three in 50kg but the seasoned Stadnik did not let her dominate. The consistent double leg attacks by Stadnik always had Seema on the run as she lost points for stepping out.A take-down followed by a gut-wrench gave Stadnik a 6-0 lead at the break. Seema could only score two points with a take-down towards the end of the bout.In the 72kg, Komal waited too long to attack. With just 40 seconds to go at 1-1, Komal made two double-leg attacks but only to lose points.In one last desperate attempt, she attacked the right leg of the Turk but could not convert it into points with Beste staying strong in her defense.India’s campaign in the Greco-Roman style folded after Naveen lost his 130kg repechage round by technical superiority to Estonia’s Heiki Nabi.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Vinesh PhogatFollow Wrestling World Championshipslast_img read more

UN chief urges disarmament forum to start work on fissile material ban

24 February 2011The United Nations Conference on Disarmament (CD), the world’s sole multilateral forum on the issue, must move ahead vigorously on a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear devices or risk slipping into irrelevance, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today. “We have collectively done much to move the disarmament agenda forward in recent years,” he told his Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, which is currently meeting in New York. “But now, we must intensify these efforts or risk the very real possibility of sliding backwards. This is why disarmament and non-proliferation are among my top priorities for 2011.”Established in 1979, the 65-member CD focuses on cessation of the nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament, prevention of nuclear war, and prevention of an arms race in outer space. UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) Director-General Sergei Ordzhonikidze is its Secretary-General.At a high-level meeting at UN Headquarters in New York last September, many leaders voiced deep concern at the CD’s inability to overcome its differences and urged it to start its substantive work this year. Mr. Ban noted that there is almost universal support within the CD to start negotiating a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons and other nuclear explosive devices, but some members have suggested exploring alternative arrangements outside the CD. “Such a parallel mechanism risks weakening the CD’s relevance and credibility,” he said, welcoming last month’s joint statement by China and the United States reaffirming support for the early start of negotiations within the forum.Addressing the CD in Geneva last month, Mr. Ban called on it to overcome its decade-long deadlock and begin substantive work, warning that its very credibility is at stake. read more