Mahavir Singh Phogat
Phogat in 2016
|Born||Haryana (erstwhile East Punjab)|
|Residence||Balali, Charkhi Dadri district, Haryana |
|Now coaching||Geeta Phogat, Babita Kumari, Ritu Phogat, Vinesh Phogat, Priyanka Phogat|
Mahavir Singh Phogat, trainer and father of Phogat sisters, is an Indian amateur wrestler, a senior Olympics coach and politician. The Hindi biographical film Dangal is loosely based on his life.
Phogat was awarded the Dronacharya Award by the Government of India in 2016. He is the father and coach of Geeta Phogat, 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, and won the gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth Games. Phogat's niece, Vinesh Phogat, is also a Commonwealth Games gold medalist and won gold medal at Asian games 2018.
Phogat was born in Bhiwani district of Haryana. He is married to Daya Shobha Kaur and has four daughters, Geeta, Babita, Ritu, and Sangeeta respectively. He looks after his nieces Vinesh and Priyanka, children of his brother who was killed in a land dispute. All the 6 Phogats are trained in wrestling by Mahavir. While Geeta, Babita and Vinesh are international players, Ritu has won a gold medal at the national championship and Priyanka and Sangeeta have won medals in age-level international championships. He joined Bharatiya Janata Party in August 2019.
2016 Indian biographical film Dangal is based on Singh's life and his children's journey towards success. Aamir Khan plays the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat while Fatima Sana Shaikh plays the role of Geeta Phogat and Sanya Malhotra plays the role of Babita.
Akhada is the authorised biography of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former wrestler and a coach. The book is penned by sports journalist Sourabh Duggal and was released on 21 December 2016 at the Chandigarh Press Club. It traces Mahavir Phogat's journey with his daughters and nieces hailing from a small village in Haryana to winning the medals for the country.
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