Phogat sisters

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Phogat sisters
Current region Balali, Bhiwani district, India
Members Geeta Phogat
Babita Kumari
Ritu Phogat
Vinesh Phogat
Priyanka Phogat
Sangita Phogat
Connected members Mahavir Singh Phogat (father)

The Phogat sisters are six sisters from Haryana, India, all of whom are professional wrestlers. In order of their date of births, they are: Geeta, Babita, Ritu, Vinesh, Priyanka and Sangita.[1] While Geeta, Babita, Ritu and Sangita are daughters of former wrestler and coach Mahavir Singh Phogat, Vinesh and Priyanka were brought up by Mahavir after their father, who is the brother of Mahavir, was killed in a dispute.[2] Mahavir trained all six of them in wrestling in their home village of Balali in Bhiwani district.[3][4][5]

Three of the Phogat sisters Geeta, Babita and Vinesh are gold medalists in different weight categories at the Commonwealth Games, while Ritu has won gold medal at the National Championships. Priyanka and Sangita have won medals at age-level international championships.[6][7]

The success of the Phogat sisters has attracted substantial media attention.[8][9] The Bollywood film Dangal slated to be released in December 2016 is based on the lives of Phogat sisters with Mahavir, Geeta and Babita as its main characters.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rajpal, Hina (19 August 2015). "Stories Of Sisterhood: The Phogat Sisters". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Sengupta, Rudraneil (18 August 2016). "The Story Of These Six Wrestler Sisters From Haryana Is What You Should Read Today". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Gupta, Gargi (10 August 2014). "Meet the medal winning Phogat sisters". DNA India. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Sengupta, Rudraneil (20 September 2014). "Gender: Six ways to break the shackles". Livemint. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Duggal, Saurabh (16 December 2015). "Wrestling league's power puff girls". Hindustan Times Mumbai. PressReader. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Basu, Suromitro (16 May 2016). "An ode to sisterhood: Yet another Phogat sets the benchmark for Indian women's wrestling". Yahoo!. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Kanthwal, Gaurav (31 July 2010). "But hey, this is family...". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Udas, Sumnima (28 July 2016). "The Indian female wrestlers breaking taboos and making history". CNN.com. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Briggs, Simon (26 July 2011). "London 2012 Olympics: Phogat sisters are wrestling superstars in northern India". The Telegraph. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Basu, Hindol (14 June 2015). "The hero behind 'Dangal'". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  11. ^ Singh, Sat (9 May 2015). "Aamir Khan to host family of Phogat sisters". The Tribune. Retrieved 18 August 2016.