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Ritu Phogat quits wrestling to join mixed martial arts

One of the famous Phogat siblings — Ritu (in pic) — has quit amateur wrestling to pursue her career in Mixed Martial Arts.

Chandigarh

One of the famous Phogat siblings — Ritu (in pic) — has quit amateur wrestling to pursue her career in Mixed Martial Arts. The 24-year-old silver medallist of 2017 World U-23 Senior Wrestling Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, has joined the Evolve Fight Team, a Singapore-based team to pursue her career in martial arts. Ritu said, “It’s time for a new journey, a new challenge and a new beginning but the goal will remain the same — to represent my country and win championships.” Ritu (48kg) reportedly cited injury concerns to skip the senior national camp at Lucknow recently. By joining MMA, Ritu has forfeited her chances of representing India at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  

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