Ritika Phogat, who is the cousin sister of Geeta and Babita Phogat allegedly committed suicide. Ritika, took her own life after she lost a wrestling tournament final in Bharatpur on Wednesday. She was 17.
As per reports in media, Ritika was playing the state-level sub-junior, junior women, and men wrestling tournament. Ritika 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. 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.
Haryana’s Charkhi Dadri District Superintendent of Police Ram Singh Bishnoi released a statement saying the investigation into Ritika’s death has started. “Ritika, wrestler, and cousin of Babita Phogat, died allegedly by suicide on March 17. The reason behind it might have been her defeat at a recent wrestling tournament in Rajasthan. Investigation underway,” Ram Singh Bishnoi said.
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