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Babita Kumari Height, Weight, Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Family, Biography & More

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Caste: Hindu Jat
Age: 29 Years
Boyfriend: Vivek Suhag

Babita Kumari

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Full NameBabita Kumari Phogat
Profession(s)Freestyle Wrestler, Politician
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 162 cm
in meters- 1.62 m
in feet inches- 5’ 3½”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 55 kg
in pounds- 121 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Freestyle Wrestling
International Debut2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games
Coach/MentorMahavir Singh Phogat (her father)
Event55 kg
Medals• Gold at the 2009 Jalandhar Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in 51 kg category.
• Silver at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games in women's freestyle wrestling in 51 kg category.
• Gold at the 2011 Melbourne Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in 48 kg category.
• Bronze at the 2012 Strathcona County World Wrestling Championships in 51 kg category.
• Bronze at the 2013 Delhi Asian Wrestling Championship in 55 kg category.
• Gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 55 kg category.
• Gold at the 2018 Goldcoast Commonwealth Games in 55 kg category.
Awards2015: Arjuna Award
Politics
Political PartyBharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
BJP Flag
Political Journey• Joined the BJP on 12 August 2019
• Contested the 2019 Haryana Assembly Elections from the Dadri Constituency but lost
Personal Life
Date of Birth20 November 1989
Age (as in 2018)29 Years
BirthplaceBhiwani, Haryana, India
Zodiac signScorpio
NationalityIndian
HometownBhiwani, Haryana, India
SchoolNot Known
College/UniversityMDU, Rohtak, Haryana
Educational QualificationNot Known
ReligionHinduism
CasteHindu Jat
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
HobbiesListening to Music, Travelling, Cooking
Controversy• In May 2018, Babita and Geeta Phogat, along with their younger siblings Ritu and Sangeeta were ousted from the National camp in Lucknow. The WFI cited their unexplained absence from the camp as reason. WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh told PTI that "“The wrestlers selected for the National camp are expected to physically report to the camp within three days. If they have any problems or issues they should go there and report it to the coaches and find a solution. But Geeta, Babita and others (in all 13) did not do that. They were incommunicado. This is serious indiscipline on their part and the WFI felt it’s time to pull the plug. So we have told them to sit at home and enjoy."
Relationships & More
Marital StatusUnmarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsVivek Suhag (wrestler)
Babita Kumari Phogath With Vivek Suhag
Family
Husband/SpouseN/A
ParentsFather- Mahavir Singh Phogat (wrestler)
Mother- Shobha Kaur
Babita Kumari with her parents and siblings
SiblingsBrother- Dushyant Phogat
The Phogat Sisters with their brother Dushyant Phogat
Sister(s)- Geeta Phogat (wrestler), Sangita Phogat (wrestler), Ritu Phogat (wrestler)
Babita Kumari Phogat With Her Sisters
Favourite Things
Favourite FoodChurma
Favourite Actor(s)Aamir Khan, Dharmendra, Shah Rukh Khan
Favourite CricketerVirat Kohli
Money Factor
SalaryNot Known

Babita Kumari Phogat

Some Lesser Known Facts About Babita Kumari

  • Babita is one of the most accomplished female wrestlers in India’s history.
  • She has been one of India’s top wrestlers in the 53-55kg category and performed exceptionally well at the international arena.
  • Babita was born to a renowned Indian wrestler- Mahavir Singh Phogat (amateur wrestler & senior Olympics Coach).

    Mahavir Singh Phogat

    Mahavir Singh Phogat

  • Babita, along with her sister Geeta Phogat & cousin Vinesh Phogat, has contributed a lot to change the typical mindset towards girls in their region- Haryana, which has been notorious for girl feticide and honour killing.

    The Phogat Sisters

    The Phogat Sisters

  • A book, based on the life of the Phogats, claims that Babita’s parents wanted a son before she and her elder sister Geeta had born; as her father wanted a boy and make him a world-class wrestler. However, after Geeta and Babita’s birth, he broke the stereotype and started training them the basics of wrestling in his village.
  • In an interview, the Phogat Sisters revealed that to focus only on their training, their father had ordered them not to wear any makeup. They were also instructed to keep short hair.

    Geeta and Babita Phogat During Their Training

    Geeta and Babita Phogat During Their Training

  • His father used to bring them to various Akharas in their neighbouring villages where they mostly had to wrestle with boys; as making a career in wrestling is still considered a taboo for women in India; especially in the northern parts of the country like Haryana.
  • Following their village training, the Phogat Sisters attended the National Sports Academy in Patiala.

    An Old Picture of Geeta and Babita

    An Old Picture of Geeta and Babita

  • Babita shot to the limelight after her Silver medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.
  • She went on to win a Gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

    Babita Kumari won a Gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

    Babita Kumari won a Gold at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

  • Babita, in 2012, became only the second female wrestler (first being her sister Geeta Phogat) from India to win a medal at world championships, where the duo won Bronze medals.

    Parents of Geeta and Babita Phogat With the Medals of their daughters

    Parents of Geeta and Babita Phogat With the Medals of their daughters

  • In 2016, she qualified for the Rio Olympics; becoming only the fourth female wrestler in the country to qualify for the Olympics. However, she could not win a medal in Rio and was defeated in the first round itself.

    Babita Phogat Snapped with Nita Ambani at Rio Olympics 2016

    Babita Phogat Snapped with Nita Ambani at Rio Olympics 2016

  • After a disappointing performance at Rio Olympics, Babita won silver at the Commonwealth Games held in Goldcoast in 2018.

    Babita with her Silver at the Goldcoast Commonwealth Games 2018

    Babita with her Silver at the Goldcoast Commonwealth Games 2018

  • A Bollywood film- Dangal (2016), which is based on her father’s life & her journey towards success along-with her sister Geeta, became a blockbuster soon after its release on 23 December 2016. The film earned the Phogath Sisters a household name in India. In the film, Babita was portrayed by Sanya Malhotra and her younger self by Suhani Bhatnagar.
    Geeta Phogat Woman Power GIF
  • In an interview, the Phogat Sisters claimed that their father was stricter while getting them trained than what had been depicted in the film. They said that their father had made such a strict routine that at some point in time, they had to play a trick like stealing the batteries from his torch that he used to keep watch on them, re-setting the alarm clock, and so on.

    Geeta and Babita with their father Mahavir Singh Phogat

    Geeta and Babita with their father Mahavir Singh Phogat

  • In 2019, Babita, along with her boyfriend Vivek Suhag, participated in the dance reality show “Nach Baliye 9.”

    Babita Kumari Phogat with her boyfriend, Vivek Suhag in Nach Baliye 9

    Babita Kumari Phogat with her boyfriend, Vivek Suhag in Nach Baliye 9

  • Babita went through a hand operation and was released from the hospital just 4 days before the trials of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.  She won a silver medal in the tournament.

    Babita Kumari Phogat with Geeta Phogat after her hand operation

    Babita Kumari Phogat with Geeta Phogat after her hand operation

  • In 2013, the Haryana Government offered her the post of Sub Inspector (SI) in the Haryana Police for her outstanding performance in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
  • PM Narendra Modi has praised Babita many times for her achievements.

    Narendra Modi congratulating Babita Phogat

    Narendra Modi congratulating Babita Phogat

  • She is a fitness enthusiast and visits the gym regularly.

  • Babita revealed during an interview that the conditions in her village were so worse that the females including her mother had been carrying the veil from long ago. When the Phogat sisters became popular, they asked their mother to drop the veil but no other women in their village still have the courage to do so.
  • She is very affectionate towards animals.

    Babita Kumari Phogat loves animals

    Babita Kumari Phogat loves animals

  • In 2019, Babita filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court to promote her as deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in the Haryana Police under the sports quota. However, the court dismissed her petition. [1]Tribune
  • On 12 August 2019, Babita and her father Mahavir Phogat joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.

    Babita Phogat and Mahavir Phogat Joining BJP

    Babita Phogat and Mahavir Phogat Joining BJP

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