Babita Kumari: Biography, Age, Height, Achievements, Family and Career Statistics
Check out the achievements, early-life and other facts about Babita Phogat Kumari. The records and achievements are astonishing.
Babita Kumari Phogat is an Indian wrestler, who recently turned into a politician. According to reports, she attained spotlight after winning a silver medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Moreover, she also won silver medals at 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games, as well as a bronze medal at the 2012 World Wrestling Championships.
During the initial days, she used to visit the Akharas of her neighboring villages with her father and sister. However, both the sisters were required and mostly to wrestle with boys, as wrestling was a profession less opted by the girls. Also, on receiving the village training, the freestyle wrestler attended the National Sports Academy in Patiala. Moreover, Babita Phogat entered politics by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019. She is considered as one of the most accomplished female wrestlers in the history of India.
Biography of Babita Kumari
- Real Name: Babita Kumari Phogat
- Profession: Freestyle Wrestler
- Famous for: Her excellent records in the field of wrestling
- Other Hobbies: Listening to music, travelling and cooking
Physical Features of Babita Kumari
- Height: 162 cm (5’ 3½”)
- Weight: 55 kilograms (approx.)
- Eye Colour: Black
- Hair Colour: Black
Personal Life of Babita Kumari
- Date of Birth: November 20, 1989
- Age: 32 (as in 2021)
- Nationality: Indian
- Birthplace: Bhiwani, Haryana, India
- Hometown: Bali, Haryana, India
- College/University: MDU, Rohtak, Haryana
- Coach/Mentor: Mahavir Singh Phogat (her father)
Babita Kumari’s Debut:
- International Debut: 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games
Babita Kumari’s Achievements:
- Babita managed to achieve the gold medal in the women’s freestyle in 2009 (51 kilograms).
- She was successful in registering a Silver Medal to her name during the Delhi Commonwealth Games (2010).
- She achieved a Gold at Melbourne Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in 48 kg category (2011)
- However, in the 2012 World Championship, Babita became the second female wrestler to win a bronze medal from India.
- The wrestler also achieved a Bronze at Delhi Asian Wrestling Championship in 55 kg category in 2013.
- Later in 2014, she managed to achieve a Gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
- In 2015, Babita Kumari Phogat was honored with the Arjuna Award for her achievements in sports.
- Moreover, Babita qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics; thereby becoming the fourth female wrestler from the country to qualify for the Olympics.
- Babita, however, secured a silver medal in women’s 55kg freestyle wrestling at 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
Family Details of Babita Kumari
- Marital Status: Married
- Spouse Name: Vivek Suhag
- Spouse Profession: Wrestler
- Parents Names: Father- Mahavir Singh Phogat, Mother- Shobha Kaur
- Siblings: Brother- Dushyant Phogat, Sisters- Geeta Phogat, Sangeeta Phogat, and Ritu Phogat
- Religion: Hinduism
Lesser-Known Facts about Babita Kumari:
- Being a supporter of the Indian National Lok Dal, Babita and her father, Mahavir Phogat joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 12 August 2019.
- Babita married Vivek Suhag, who is also a wrestler. And, the duo participated at a dance reality show, “Nach Baliye” in 2019.
- With her exceptional and astonishing performances at the international level, Babita became one of the top Indian female wrestlers in the 53-55 kg category.
- A book, which is based on the life of Phogats reveal how she and her elder sister, Geeta Phogat was raised and trained by her father. The book reveals that Babita’s parents wanted a son before Babita and her sister, Geeta were born. But, after giving birth to two daughters, her father broke the stereotype and started training them the basics of wrestling in his village.
- Moreover, Babita had to go through a hand surgery and was released from the hospital just 4 days before the trials of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in which she achieved a silver medal.
- Furthermore, the Haryana Government, in 2013, offered her the post of Sub Inspector (SI) in the Haryana Police, on winning a silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
- However, Babita, along with her sister Geeta Phogat and cousin Vinesh Phogat could bring a major change in the mindsets of the people of her region. As the region in which they resided was earlier known for female feticide and honor killing.
- She and her elder sister, Babita Phogat managed to win bronze medals in the 2012 World Championship. As Babita became the second female wrestler, and Geeta was first female wrestler from India.