Further Personal Information
||Athlete, Police Officer
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She began wrestling at age eight.
|Why this sport?
||Wrestling is popular in her family, and her father encouraged her to try the sport.
|Club / Team
||Haryana Police: India
|Name of coach
||Irbek Farniev [national], RUS; Kuldeep Malik [national], IND
||She trains for up to six hours a day.
||Travel, running. (starsunfolded.com, 01 Jan 2016)
|Most influential person in career
||Her family. (thefangarage.com, 19 Nov 2015)
|Hero / Idol
||Her sister Geeta Phogat, who has also represented India in wrestling. (livemint.com, 09 Aug 2014)
||In May 2018 she was suffering from injuries to both her knees. (hindustantimes.com, 17 May 2018)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Work hard until you get what you want." (Facebook profile, 07 Mar 2018)
|Awards and honours
||In 2015 she was presented with an Arjuna Sports Award in India. (byjus.com, 09 Dec 2015)
||Her sisters Geeta, Ritu and Sangita, and her cousins Priyanka and Vinesh have all represented India in wrestling. Her father Mahavir Singh Phogat has competed in wrestling at amateur level. (sportscelebfamily.com, 15 Mar 2017; huffingtonpost.in, 18 Aug 2016)
||To open an academy for young wrestlers. (indianexpress.com, 19 Jun 2017)
A biographical film about her family, titled 'Dangal', was released in December 2016. Actor Aamir Khan played the role of her father, while Babita's character was portrayed by actresses Sanya Malhotra and Suhani Bhatnagar. (thehindu.com, 22 Sep 2016)
Her father encouraged Phogat and her sisters to take up wrestling, despite facing opposition from other people in the family's village. "We were teenage girls who, according to custom, should have been draped in loose clothes to disguise our curves but instead we were running around the wheat fields in shorts and lycra tops and cropped hair." (theguardian.com, 21 Jan 2017)