Haryana Police confirmed the news of wrestler Ritika Phogat’s death on Thursday and began investigating the case, DSP Ram Singh Bishnoi said.
Indian wrestling lost a young talent in Ritika, who would have died by suicide by hanging on to a ceiling fan on the night of March 17th. A member of the famous Phogat family, 17-year-old Ritika competed in the sub-junior, junior girls and boys wrestling tournament at Lohagarh Stadium. in Bharatpur where she lost the final by 1 point.
âRitika, wrestler and cousin of Babita Phogat, is said to have died by suicide on March 17. The reason behind this could be her defeat in a recent wrestling tournament in Rajasthan. Investigation underway,â said Ram Singh Bishnoi.
Ritika, who is the maternal sister of Geeta and Babita Phogat, had trained under the guidance of winner Dronacharya Mahavir Singh Phogat, who was also reportedly present at the tournament. Resident of the village of Jaitpur in Jhunjhunu of Rajasthan, Ritika learned and practiced wrestling for more than five years at the Mahavir Phogat Sports Academy in Haryana.
Mahavir Phogat was himself an amateur wrestler while his eldest daughter, Geeta, is a freestyle wrestler who won India’s first gold in wrestling at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She is also the first Indian female wrestler. to have qualified for the Olympic Games (London 2012 Games).
Babita won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, a bronze medal at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships and a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.