Babita Phogat Height, Weight, Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

Babita Phogat is an Indian female wrestler who won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He also won silver medals in 2010, 2018 Commonwealth Games and bronze medals in 2012 World Wrestling Championships.

Her sister Geeta Phogat and cousin Vinesh Phogat have also won gold medals in Commonwealth Games. The Phogat sisters need no introduction.

The Phogat family can be said to be the first family of wrestling in India. Though faced with hostility from his own community, wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat trained his daughters to become the best wrestlers in the world.

Babita Phogat Wiki/Biography

Babita Phogat Full NameBabita Kumari Phogat 
Profession Freestyle Wrestler, Politician 
Famous ForOne of the few women who have won gold for her country in wrestling in the Commonwealth Games.
International Debut2010 Commonwealth Games,  Delhi
CoachMahavir Singh Phogat
Event55 Kg
Political Party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
Physical Stat
Babita Phogat Height In Centimeter- 162 cm
In Meter- 1.62 m
In Feet- 5’3”
Babita Phogat WeightIn Kilogram- 55 kg   In Pound- 121 lbs
Body Measurement32-25-33
Eye ColorBlack
Hair ColorBlack
Personal Life
Date Of Birth20 November 1989 
Babita Phogat Age (2022)33 Years
Birthplace Bhiwani, Haryana, India
Zodiac Sign/Sun Sign  Scorpio
Nationality Indian
Home town Balali, Haryana, India
College/University MDU, Rohtak, Haryana
ReligionHinduism
CasteJat
Food HabitNon-vegetarian
Family Member(s)
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/BoyfriendVivek Suhag
Babita Phogat HusbandVivek Suhag (Wrestler)
Marriage Date1 December 2019
ChildrenSon– Yuvraaj (Born On 11 January 2021)
Parents Father– Mahavir Singh Phogat (Wrestler)
Mother– Shobha Kaur 
SiblingBrother– Dushyant Phogat
Sister– Geeta Phogat, Sangeeta Phogat, Ritu Phogat
Favourite Things
HobbiesTravelling, Listing Music
Favourite FoodChurma
Income
Babita Phogat Net Worth (2022)2 Million USD
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Family, Early Life and Education

Babita was born on 20 November 1989 in the city of Bhiwani, Haryana to a famous Indian wrestler- Mahavir Singh Phogat (amateur wrestler and senior Olympic coach).

Babita’s father Mahavir Singh Phogat is himself a former wrestler. The Dronacharya awardee quit his job to focus solely on the training of his daughters. His mother Daya Kaur is a housewife.

Babita has three sisters and two cousins. These are all wrestlers. His elder sister Geeta and cousin Vinesh have already won several international honours. His younger sisters are also ready to try out in the field of wrestling today. Babita has a younger brother Dushyant Phogat.

Babita Phogat Marriage

Indian wrestling star Babita Phogat got married to fellow wrestler Vivek Suhag on 1 December 2019 in Haryana. During the wedding ceremony, Babita and Vivek take eight pheras (Hindu wedding rituals where a couple goes around a sacred fire) instead of the traditional seven.

This eighth round she took the opportunity to raise awareness about the girl child and took an extra round as a pledge to save, teach and play the girl child.

She and her husband welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Yuvraaj,  on January 11, 2021

Babita Phogat Coach 

Babita’s parents wanted a son before the birth of her and her elder sister Geeta; As her father wanted a boy and made her a world class wrestler. However, after the birth of Geeta and Babita, she broke the stereotype and started teaching them the basics of wrestling in her village.

In an interview, the Phogat Sisters revealed that in order to focus only on their training, their father had ordered them to wear no makeup. They were also instructed to have short hair.

Her father used to bring him to various akhadas in their neighbouring villages where she mostly had to wrestle with boys; Pursuing a career in wrestling is still considered a taboo for women in India; Especially in the northern parts of the country like Haryana.

Babita Phogat Career

  • Babita’s wrestling journey started with a stellar performance in the 2009 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships. He won the gold medal in the 51 kg freestyle wrestling event in the tournament held in Punjab, India.
  • She continued her medal winning streak with a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She was defeated by Nigerian wrestler Ifoma Kristi Novoy in the final of the 51kg freestyle event.
  • Babita’s golden run in the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship continued in 2011 as well. This time she won the gold medal in the 48kg category. In the 2012 World Wrestling Championships, Babita dominated all the bouts to enter the semi-finals. However, she lost to Jessica Anne of Canada. She won the bronze medal by defeating Zameera Rahmanova of Russia.
  • Won another bronze medal at the 2013 Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi. In the year 2014, Babita followed in the footsteps of her elder sister and won her first Commonwealth Games gold medal. She immediately became a national sensation after this achievement.
  • Babita could not find the momentum in the Asian Games after winning the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. At the Incheon Games, she missed a podium finish. The Rio Olympics was a very ambitious dream for Babita. Unfortunately, she lost in the first round itself.
  • After a few disappointing tournaments, Babita again found her groove in 2018. She won the gold medal in women’s 55 kg freestyle wrestling at the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Babita Phogat joined the BJP on Monday 12 August 2019 but lost her first election. 

Awards and Honours

  • Gold in the 51kg category at the 2009 Jalandhar Commonwealth Wrestling Championships.
  • Silver in the 51kg category in women’s freestyle wrestling at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
  • Gold in the 48kg category at the 2011 Melbourne Commonwealth Wrestling Championships.
  • Bronze in the 51kg category at the 2012 Strathcona County World Wrestling Championships.
  • Bronze in the 55kg category at the 2013 Delhi Asian Wrestling Championships.
  • Gold in the 55kg category at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
  • Gold in the 55kg category at the 2018 Goldcoast Commonwealth Games.
  • Babita Phogat has also been honored with the Arjuna Award by the Government of India.

Some Facts About Babita Phogat

  • Babita was overjoyed with Sania Malhotra’s portrayal of her life on screen in the film Dangal. Aamir Khan’s film covers the journey of the entire Phogat family and how they gave wrestling a new identity.
  • Babita, in 2012, became only the second female wrestler from India (the first being her sister Geeta Phogat) to win a medal at the World Championships, where both won bronze medals.
  • In 2016, she qualified for the Rio Olympics; She has become the fourth woman wrestler from the country to qualify for the Olympics. However, she could not win a medal in Rio and lost in the first round itself.
  • A Bollywood film- Dangal (2016), which is based on his father’s life and success journey with his sister Geeta, became a blockbuster soon after its release on 23 December 2016. The film made the Fogth Sisters a household name. India. In the film, Babita was played by Sanya Malhotra and her younger sister, Babita, was played by Suhani Bhatnagar.
  • Roles were offered to Babita and her sisters in the film. However, she did not want to risk losing focus in her career and turned down the offer.
  • Babita is strictly not allowed to grow her hair as her father feels. “Papa says if you want to worry about hair and fashion, quit wrestling.
  • In an interview, the Phogat sisters claimed that their father was much stricter in training them than in the pictures shown in the film. He said that his father had made such a strict routine that at some point he had to play a trick of stealing the battery from his flashlight, resetting the alarm clock, and so on.
  • Babita underwent a hand operation and was discharged from the hospital just 4 days before the 2010 Commonwealth Games trials. He won a silver medal in the tournament.
  • In 2013, the Haryana Government offered him the post of Sub-Inspector (SI) in Haryana Police for his outstanding performance in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
  • PM Narendra Modi has praised Babita many times for her achievements.
  • Babita revealed during an interview that the situation in her village is so bad that women, including her mother, used to keep a veil over their faces long ago. When the Phogat sisters became popular, they asked their mother to remove the veil, but no other woman in their village still has the courage to do so.
  • In 2019, Babita filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court to be promoted as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Haryana Police under sports quota. However, the court rejected his petition.
  • On 12 August 2019, Babita and her father Mahavir Phogat joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.
  • Babita wants to become a wrestling coach in future.

FAQ

Who is Babita Phogat?

Babita Phogat is an Indian female wrestler who won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He also won silver medals in 2010, 2018 Commonwealth Games and bronze medals in 2012 World Wrestling Championships.

Who is Babita Phogat’s husband?

Vivek Suhag

Who is the coach of Babita Phogat?

Mahavir Phogat (her father)

What is Babita Phogat’s caste?

Jat

When was Babita Phogat married?

1 December 2019

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