Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, March 18
In a news that has shocked the wrestling fraternity, Ritika Phogat, a cousin of Geeta and Babita Phogat, allegedly took her on life on Wednesday after losing a wrestling final at Bharatpur. She was 17.
Part of the famous Phogat family, Ritika was playing the state-level sub-junior, junior women, and men wrestling tournament. She lost the final, which was played on March 14, by 1 point and hung herself to death after not being able to bear the disappointment of the loss.
Ritika had trained under Dronacharya Awardee Mahavir Singh Phogat, who was also reportedly present at the tournament.
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
Rest in Peace choti behen Ritika. I still can’t believe what just happened with you Will miss you forever 💔💔 Om Shanti 🥺😢🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/LiLum1kbYB
— Ritu phogat (@PhogatRitu) March 18, 2021
A resident of Jaitpur village in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu, Ritika had been learning and practicing wrestling for over five years at the Mahavir Phogat Sports Academy in Haryana.