Babita Kumari Phogat born on 20 November 1989 is an Indian female wrestler who won the gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She also won silver medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships. Babita Phogat entered politics by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019.
Babita is the younger sister of Geeta Phogat, who won India’s first gold medal in women’s wrestling at the Commonwealth Games. Babita is the daughter of wrestler and Dronacharya Award recipient Mahavir Singh Phogat. She has a cousin Vinesh Phogat who also won gold, in the 48 kg category, at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Babita’s wrestling journey started with a stunning achievement at the 2009 Commonwealth Wrestling Championship. She won a 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 Ifeoma Christi Nwoye in the finals of the 51 kg freestyle event.
Babita’s golden run at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship continued in 2011 as well. This time she won the gold in the 48 kg category. At the 2012 World Wrestling Championships, Babita dominated all bouts to enter the semi-finals. However, she lost out to Jessica Anne from Canada. She won the bronze medal by beating Russian Zamira Rakhmanova.
Another bronze followed at the 2013 Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi. In the year 2014, Babita followed in her elder sister’s footsteps and won her first Commonwealth Games gold medal. She instantly became a national sensation after this feat.