Competing in the Olympics and making the name of the nation and country certainly be the dream of every athlete in the world. However, this does not appear to be the priority of the Indian wrestler , Ritu Phogat . Phogat, who won a gold medal in his participation in the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship, decided to switch the sport he was in, from wrestling to freestyle fighting or MMA in February this year.
His decision disappointed the Indian wrestling federation. Because the 25-year-old female wrestler is predicted to be a gold medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 48kg category. The wrestler who also won the bronze medal in his participation in the 2017 Asian Wrestling Championships will make his MMA debut against South Korean fighter Kim Nam Hee, which will be held in Beijing on Saturday (11/16/2019). “I want to be the first MMA fighter from India who won the World Champion title,” Phogat was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times. It was confirmed if Phogat had forgotten his preparation to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Phogat added that he wanted to do something different from what he usually did. This Indian mainstay wrestler came from a family that is famous for giving birth to the mainstay of Indian combat athletes. He started wrestling at the age of 8 years and was immediately trained by his father, Mahavir Singh, who also attacked wrestlers.
The trail was also followed by his sisters, Babita and Geeta who also won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship. While his cousin, Vinesh, became the mainstay of India to win a gold medal at the upcoming 2020 Olympics. It is interesting to see the action of this Indian mainstay wrestler in the MMA event. Can Phogat combine wrestling, jujutsu , boxing, and muay thai to be able to realize his dream of becoming the first MMA world champion from India.