A 17-year-old girl named Ritika Phogat, cousin of famous wrestlers Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat committed suicide on Wednesday after she lost the final at a wrestling tournament in Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
The championship was held in Bharatpur, Rajasthan from for three days(12-14th March). Ritika, cousin of Geeta and Babita died on March 17 by committing suicide.
The reason behind it might be the recent defeat in the tournament in Bharatpur Rajasthan. But the investigation is underway. As quoted by Ram Singh Bishnoi, DSP, Charkhi Dadri.
A native of Rajasthan Jaipur village stated that she was staying with her uncle and Dronacharya awardee Mahavir Singh Phogat in Charkhi Dadri’s Balali village under Jhojhu Kalan police station for the past four years, said Station House Officer (SHO) Dilbagh Singh.
Ritika was learning and practicing wrestling at the Mahavir Phogat Sporting Academy in Charkhi Dadri, hanged herself by the ceiling fan in her uncle’s house.
She was very upset on the night of March 15th as she lost to rival at the final by one point which is a very minor difference, he said.
Ritu, another Phogat sister, who is an MMA wrestler, took to Twitter and posted Ritika’s picture with a very emotional note. “Rest in Peace choti behen Ritika. I still can’t believe what just happened to you Will miss you forever. Om Shanti,” Ritu tweeted.
She further tweeted that she had been getting messages all morning, and she is very sad and disturbed She even requested to not spread or believe in any fake rumors and to act responsibly and not to disturb her family as well in these hard times and to give them privacy.
Geeta Phogat also took it to Twitter and posted an emotional note. Vijay Kumar Singh, Minister of Road Transport and Highways also confirmed the news on social media. “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 that were not there earlier. An essential part of their training should be to deal with these pressures,” Singh tweeted.
Ritika was just a 17-year-old girl who was taking part in the state level, sub-junior, men’s, and women’s wrestling tournaments. This tragic incident is another reminder of the intense pressure that athletes go through at a very young age.