Ritika Phogat, the sister of Babita Phogat, has reportedly committed suicide after losing the final match of a wrestling competition
A truly tragic story surfaces from the Indian wrestling fraternity as Ritika Phogat, the maternal cousin of Babita Phogat, has reportedly committed suicide after losing the final match of a wrestling tournament. Multiple media reports claim that the reason behind suicide was the embarrassment that Ritika suffered due to her loss in the match.
Wrestling runs in the Phogat family, with Geeta and Babita Phogat leading the charge, as was seen in the famous Bollywood movie Dangal. A number of other members of the Phogat family also earn their livelihood by competing inside the wrestling ring.
Ritika, following the trend, was a state-level wrestler. She was competing in the sub-junior, junior women, and men wrestling competition at Lohagarh Stadium in Bharatpur. The competition started on March 12, with the final scheduled on March 14.
Ritika fought her way to the final of the tournament and reportedly lost the decider by the narrowest of margins. The shock of the defeat reportedly triggered her to take the extreme decision of ending her life.
Mahavir Phogat, the father of the Phogat sisters, is also said to have been present at the tournament.
The journey of Babita and Geeta Phogat is well known to Indians all across the country, thanks to the movie Dangal. Their younger sister Ritu Phogat has been spotted plying her trade in the MMA these days. Ritu has been competing in the ONE Championship while her cousin Vinesh Phogat is an active freestyle wrestler and also one of India’s biggest medal hopes for the Tokyo Olympics.