Ritika Phogat Suicide: Fans of Indian wrestling received a shock on Thursday when the news of Ritika Phogat’s alleged suicide came to the fore. According to the information, Ritika, the cousin of champion wrestlers Geeta and Babita Phogat, allegedly took her own life after losing in the finals of a wrestling tournament in Bharatpur on Wednesday. Please tell that she was only 17 years old.
Ritika Phogat Suicide
Ritika was playing state level sub-junior, junior women and men wrestling tournaments. Ritika lost the final by 1 point which was played on 14 March and she felt the shock of the defeat so deep that she could not bear it and she allegedly committed suicide. She was playing in the 53 kg category. Prior to this, he competed in the state level competition nearly four times.
Let us tell you that Ritika was trained under Dronacharya Awardee Mahavir Singh Phogat, who was reportedly present in the tournament. She was a student of Mahavir Phogat Sports Academy. Following this tragic incident, a holiday at the school run by Mahavir Phogat has been declared.
Former Chief of Army Staff General Vijay Kumar Singh also expressed sorrow over this news by tweeting. He wrote- The terrible news is that we lost Ritika Phogat, who had a brilliant career ahead of her. The world has changed since a few decades ago. Athletes are facing pressures that were not there before. Dealing with these pressures should be an essential part of their training.
Terrible news that we lost #RitikaPhogat who had a brilliant career ahead. The world has changed from where it was some decades ago. Athletes are facing pressures which were not there earlier. An essential part of their training should be to deal with these pressures.
— Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) March 18, 2021
Significantly, Geeta Phogat is the first Indian woman to win the Commonwealth Games wrestling and the first Indian woman wrestler to qualify for the Olympics. While Geeta’s younger sister Babita Phogat became only the fourth woman wrestler in the country to qualify for the Olympics, her silver medal brought her to the headlines at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. After that, she continued to win medals in various international tournaments.