Priyanka Phogat

Priyanka Phogat (born 12 May 1993) is an Indian female wrestler who won a silver medal at the 2016 Asian Wrestling Championships. She is the sister of Commonwealth Games gold medalist wrestler Vinesh Phogat, niece of Dronacharya Award winner Mahavir Phogat and cousin of Commonwealth Games gold medalist wrestlers, Geeta and Babita.

In 2015, Phogat bagged a ₹7 lakh contract with the Punjab franchise of the Pro Wrestling League.[1]

Phogat won the silver medal at the Asian Wrestling Championships in Bangkok in February 2016 in the 55 kg category. She was defeated in the gold medal bout by Mongolia’s Davaasükhiin Otgontsetseg.[2]

Phogat sisters

The Phogat sisters are six sisters from Haryana, India, all of whom are wrestlers. In order of their date of births, they are: Geeta, Babita, Priyanka, Ritu, Vinesh and Sangita.[1] While Geeta, Babita, Ritu and Sangita are daughters of former wrestler and coach Mahavir Singh Phogat, Priyanka and Vinesh were brought up by Mahavir after their father, who is the brother of Mahavir, was killed in a land dispute.[2] Mahavir trained all six of them in wrestling in their home village of Balali in Bhiwani district.[3][4][5]

Three of the Phogat sisters Geeta, Babita and Vinesh are gold medalists in different weight categories at the Commonwealth Games, while Priyanka has won a silver medal at the Asian Championships. Ritu is a National Championships gold medalist and Sangita has won medals at age-level international championships.[6][7]

The success of the Phogat sisters has attracted substantial media attention, particularly due to the prevalent social issues in Haryana such as gender inequality, female foeticide and child marriage.[8][9] The Bollywood film Dangal released in India on 23 December 2016 is based on the lives of Phogat sisters with Mahavir, Geeta and Babita as its main characters.[10][11]

Mahavir Singh Phogat

Mahavir Singh Phogat, trainer father and uncle of Phogat sisters,[3] is an Indian amateur wrestler and senior Olympics coach.[4][5] Indian biographical film Dangal is based on Singh’s life.

Phogat was awarded the Dronacharya Award by the Government of India.[6][7] He is the father and coach of Geeta Phogat,[8][9] who won India’s first gold medal in women’s wrestling in the 55 kg freestyle category at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and the first Indian woman wrestler to have qualified for the Olympics, and Babita Kumari, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships,[10] and won the gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games.[11] Phogat’s niece, Vinesh Phogat, is also Commonwealth Games gold medalist.[12][13]

Vinesh Phogat

Vinesh Phogat (born 25 August 1994) is an Indian wrestler who comes from a successful background of wrestling with her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, both international wrestlers and Commonwealth Games medalists as well.

Vinesh is the daughter of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat‘s younger brother Rajpal and the cousin of wrestlers Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari.[3][4] Both her cousins have won gold in 55kg category in Commonwealth Games.

In allowing her cousins and herself to pursue competitive wrestling, her father and uncle had to deal with immense pressure and opposition from the community in their village in Haryana. They were adjudged as going against the morals and values of their community.[5] Her cousin, Ritu Phogat, too is an international level wrestler and has won a gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship.

Ritu Phogat

Ritu Phogat (born 2 May 1994) is an Indian female wrestler who won a gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship.

Ritu is the third daughter of former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and started training under her father at the age of eight. She dropped out of school after tenth grade in order to focus on her wrestling career.[1]

Her sisters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari as well as cousin Vinesh Phogat are all Commonwealth Games gold medalists in wrestling. Another cousin of her, Priyanka Phogat, is also an international level wrestler.

Geeta Phogat

Geeta Phogat (born 15 December 1988)[1] is a freestyle wrestler who won India’s first ever gold medal in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. She is also the first Indian female wrestler to have qualified for the Olympic Summer Games.[5]

She comes from Balali village in Bhiwani district, Haryana. Her father Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former wrestler himself and a Dronacharya Award recipient, is also her coach.[6][7]

Her sister Babita Kumari and her cousin Vinesh Phogat are also Commonwealth Games gold medalists.[8][9] Both won Gold medals in their respective categories in 2014 edition of Commonwealth Games. Another younger sister of Geeta Phogat, Ritu Phogat, too is an international level wrestler and has won a gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship. Her youngest sister, Sangita Phogat is also a wrestler.

She married fellow wrestler Pawan Kumar on 20 November 2016.[10]

Babita Kumari

Babita Kumari (born November 20, 1989) is an Indian female wrestler, also known as Aahladitha[citation needed], who won the gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games. She also won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships,[4]

Babita is the sister of India’s first gold medalist in wrestling at the Commonwealth Games, Geeta Phogat. and the daughter of wrestler and Dronacharya Award recipient Mahavir Singh Phogat. She has a cousin Vinesh Phogat who also won gold, in the 48kg category, at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.[5][6]

Babita, along with her sister and cousin, have contributed to a change in mindset and attitude towards girls and women in their village in Haryana.[7][8]

Her youngest sister, Ritu Phogat, too is an international level wrestler and has won a gold medal at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship. Her younger sister, Sangita Phogat is also a wrestle