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This is how Phogat Sisters prepares for wrestling sport

“I wake up 4 a.m. in the morning with my sisters and train for 2-3 hours. After that we have breakfast which is supplemented by curd apart from juice and almond shake that my father prepares. Then we sleep. After having lunch, it’s leisure time as we play cards or watch news on the TV. We train for another 2-3 hours after that, come back, have dinner, and sleep. So, if you see, the total time we dedicate to the sport in a day is close to six hours” said Ritu Phogat in one of the interviews.

When Ritu Phogat thought of quitting wrestling due to extensive training during her childhood

Papa started my training at a very young age and it was not an age when you consider your career options. Since childhood, it was just wrestling. I grew up seeing my sisters (Geeta and Babita) train. So taking up any other sport or occupation never really crossed my mind. When I was 8-year-old, I had thought of quitting wrestling. I was very young to put through such a regime (by my father) and I often used to tell mummy that I can’t take it anymore. She used to console me by saying it’s just a matter of three years and I should continue with the training. It happened over a course of many years that she kept consoling me by saying it was a matter of three years and now I am really happy that her ‘three years’ brought the best out of me.

When Mahavir Singh Phogat got inspired from Karnam Malleswari

“My father had the knowledge of wrestling so when he saw that four girls were born one after the other, he drafted us into wrestling. That was the time when weightlifter Karnam Malleswari had won bronze in (Sydney) Olympics, so our dad thought that if being a girl, Karnam can bring home a medal from Olympics then why can’t his daughters do the same?” recalls Ritu Phogat (Wrestler)

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