Wrestler Ritika Phogat committed suicide after losing the final match of a state-level wrestling tournament on Wednesday. 17-year-old Ritika Phogat was part of the famous Phogat family who shot to fame after Amir Khan’s movie Dangal.
How was Ritika Phogat related to Phogat family?
A resident of Jaitpur village in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu, Ritika Phogat was the cousin sister of famous Phogat sisters – Geeta and Babita. They are daughters of Mahavir Singh Phogat, an amateur wrestler and Dronacharya Awardee.
Wrestler Geeta won first-ever gold medal for India in the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Also, she was the first woman wrestler to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Wrestler Babita has won one gold medal (2014 Commonwealth Games), one silver (2010 Commonwealth Games), and one bronze (2012 World Wrestling Championships).
Ritika Phogat had been taking training under Mahavir Singh Phogat at the Mahavir Phogat Sports Academy in Haryana for over five years. She was playing in the state-level sub-junior, junior women, and men wrestling tournament in Bharatpur.
She lost her final match on March 14 by 1 point but couldn’t bear the disappointment and allegedly committed suicide. The senior Phogat was said to be present at the tournament.
What did the Haryana minister say on the suicide of Ritika Phogat?
Vijay Kumar Singh, Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways said that Ritika Phogat had a brilliant career and that it was terrible news. He further said that the athletes were facing pressure that was not seen earlier. He also said that athletes should be trained to handle the pressure.