Part of the famous Phogat family, Ritika competed in a state-level sub-junior, junior women’s and men’s wrestling tournament in Bharatpur, where she allegedly died by suicide.
Indian wrestling fans gave a rude shock on Thursday after receiving the news of Ritika Phogat’s death allegedly after her suicide this morning. Ritika, who is the cousin of Geeta and Babita Phogat, died on 17 March by hanging herself from the ceiling fan.
Part of the famous Phogat family, Ritika was playing state level sub-junior, junior women and men wrestling tournaments. Ritika lost the final, played by 1 point on 14 March and killed herself 3 days later.
Ritika trained under Dronacharya Awardee Mahavir Singh Phogat, who was reportedly present in the tournament. Hailing from Jaitpur village in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, Ritika had been learning and practicing wrestling for five years at Mahavir Phogat Sports Academy in Haryana.
Superintendent of Police Ram Singh Bishnoi of Charkhi Dadri district of Haryana issued a statement saying that the investigation into Ritika’s death has started.
Ram Singh Bishnoi said, “Babita Phogat’s wrestler and cousin Ritika allegedly committed suicide on March 17. The reason behind this may be her loss in the recent wrestling tournament in Rajasthan. Investigation is underway . “
Vijay Kumar Singh, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, was one of the first people to confirm the news of Ritika’s suicide on social media.
“The terrible news is that we have lost #RitikaPhogat, who had a wonderful career. The world has changed from a few decades ago. Athletes are facing pressures that were not there before. An essential part of their training is from these pressures. Must be there to deal with, ”tweeted Singh.
Mahavir Phogat himself was an amateur wrestler, while his eldest daughter, Geeta, is a freestyle wrestler who won India’s first gold medal in wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She is also the first Indian female wrestler to qualify for the Olympics (2012 London Games).
Babita won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, a bronze medal at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships and followed by a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Phogat sisters and their father Mahavir shot to fame after Aamir Khan’s 2016 film Dangal, which went on to become the highest-grossing Indian film of all time.