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Love Pours in for Ritika Phogat after Wrestler Dies by Suicide, Twitter Demands Sports Psychologists

Ritika Phogat

Ritika Phogat

Ritika Phogat died by suicide after she lost by 1 point in the final of a wrestling tournament.

Social media woke up on Thursday to the news of Ritika Phogat’s passing, as the wrestler and maternal sister of Geeta and Babita, died by suicide.

She took part in the state-level sub-junior, junior women, and men wrestling competition at Lohagarh Stadium in Bharatpur, which was held between 12 to 14 March, according to reports. She had lost in the final, which was played on 14 March, by just a single point. Ritika could not take disappointment and hanged herself at around 11 on 15 March.

Twitter was flooded with condolences for the young wrestler as many lamented the passing of Ritika.

“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 which were not there earlier. An essential part of their training should be to deal with these pressures,” wrote VijayKumar Singh, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Union Government of India, who is an MP from Ghaziabad.

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Learn to accept Failure in Life. Winning & Loosing is Two Sides of Every Game U can Fail many time but Keep Trying till I hvn’t achieve Ur Goal. Life is so Precious, Don’t Loose it. Disheartening to listen Ritika Phogat May God keep her Departed Soul Rest in Peace,” a Twitter user wrote.

Another twitter user wrote: ” I do not know much about them, but had heard their name. This suicide decision was very wrong. We have lost a good player. RIP Ritika Phogat.”

The news of Ritika Phogat is such a disheartening one. I can’t stress how important it is to teach everyone not to let others affect you much. Also, how important it is to let people be and not be speculative. Loss of words. Prayers with the family,” wrote another.

Some social media users also pointed out the need for Sports Psychologists for all age level athletes in India.

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first published:March 18, 2021, 09:43 IST