Ritika Phogat, Cousin Of ‘Dangal’ Sisters Dies By Suicide After Losing Tournament Final

The Indian wrestling community has been left in shock by terrible news this morning. State-level wrestler Ritika Phogat, who is the maternal sister of wrestling champions Geeta and Babita Phogat, died by suicide, reports India Today. She was just 17-years old.

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Ritika Phogat’s death comes after her recent loss at a wrestling match final. According to News18, she had participated in a state-level sub-junior, junior women, and men’s wrestling competition at Lohagarh Stadium in Bharatpur held between March 12-14.

It has been reported that she lost the match by a single point and she couldn’t “bear” her defeat.

According to reports, Ritika had been practising wrestling for the past 5 years at Mahavir Phogat Sports Academy in Haryana and was trained under Mahavir Singh Phogat himself, who was reportedly present during her last match.

Condolences poured in for the Phogat family from across the country as many mourned the death of a wrestling talent.

May her soul rest in peace.

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