PHOGAT Babita Kumari < Back  
Sport Wrestling - Freestyle
CGA India   
Gender Women
Born 20 Nov 1989 in Bhiwani, IND
Height1.62 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Bhiwani, IND
Occupation Athlete, Police Officer
Languages English, Hindi
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
Training Regime She trains for up to six hours a day.
General Interest
Hobbies 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)
Injuries 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)
Famous relatives 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)
Ambitions To open an academy for young wrestlers. (indianexpress.com, 19 Jun 2017)
Other information BIOPIC
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)

EARLY DAYS
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)