Ritika, a resident of Jaitpur village in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu, had studied and practiced wrestling for five years at the Mahavir Phogat Sports Academy in Haryana. Reports say Mahavar, Phogat’s father, and the Phogat sisters were present at the tournament. Vijay Kumar Singh, Minister of State for Road and Highways, was one of the first to confirm the news of Ritika’s suicide on social media. Cousin Vinesh Phogat was freestyle wrestler. Terrible news that we lost Ritika, who was a great wrestler and had a brilliant career. Cousin and sister Vinesh Phogat was one of the best freestyle wrestlers in the world and a medal hope for the Tokyo Olympics. Her younger sister Ritu is a professional MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter who competed in a championship.
The competition started on March 12 and the final was scheduled for March 14. Ritika advanced to the final of the competition but narrowly lost the final. The shock of defeat prompted her to make the extreme decision to end her life. The teenager allegedly hanged herself with a ceiling fan on the night of Monday, March 15. Vijay Kumar Singh, Minister of State for Road and Highways, was one of the first to confirm the news of her suicide on social media. He wrote that she had a long career behind her and urged young athletes to train hard to cope with the pressure.The Phogat sisters and their father Mahavir shot to fame in 2016 with Aamir Khan’s film Dangal, which became the highest-grossing Indian film of all time. Babita won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships and followed that up with a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“The world has changed so much in its first decade. Athletes are under pressure that wasn’t there before. An essential part of their training is dealing with that pressure, “Singh tweeted. Ritika’s tragic death is a reminder of the intense pressure athletes feel from a young age. It was reported that Mahavir Phogat, the father of Gita and Babita, a Dronacharya Prize winner, was present at the tournament venue. Dangal, the film by Phogat’s sister Aamir Khan, played the role of Mahavir’s son.