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Wrestler: Vinesh Rajpal Phogat

Full NameVinesh Rajpal Phogat
Date of Birth25 August 1994
Place of BirthBalali, Haryana, India
SportFreestyle Wrestling
Category48kg/ 50kg/ 53 kg
Coached byMahavir Singh Phogat (Uncle)
Mother’s NamePrem Lata Phogat
Father’s NameRajpal Singh Phogat
Marital StatusMarried
Date of Marriage13 December 2018,
Spouse’s NameSomvir Rathee
Highest world 1 ranking
2013 Asian Wrestling ChampionshipsBronze Medal
2013 Commonwealth Wrestling ChampionshipsSilver Medal
2014 Commonwealth GamesGold Medal
2014 Asian GamesBronze Medal 
2015Asian ChampionshipsSilver Medal
2018 Gold Coast Common Wealth GamesGold Medal
2018 Asian GamesGold Medal
2019 Asian Wrestling ChampionshipsBronze Medal
2019 Yasar Dogu InternationalGold Medal
2019 Poland Open wrestling tournamentGold Medal
2019 World Wrestling ChampionshipsBronze Medal
2020 seasonGold Medal
2021 Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial tournamentGold Medal
2021 Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series eventGold Medal
2021 Poland Open wrestling tournamentGold Medal
2022Commonwealth Games Gold Medal

Vinesh Phogat:

Vinesh Phogat is an Indian wrestler born on 25 August 1994. She became the first Indian woman wrestler to win gold in both Commonwealth and Asian Games. Vinesh is also the only Indian woman wrestler to win multiple medals at the World Wrestling Championships.

Vinesh is the daughter of wrestler Rajpal Phogat and cousin of wrestlers Geeta and Babita. Both her cousins have won gold in 55 kg category in Commonwealth Games. Vinesh has followed in the footsteps of her cousins Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari and comes from one of India’s most renowned wrestling families, after being introduced to the sport at a very early age by her uncle Mahavir Singh Phogat.

On 13 December 2018, she married her long-time boyfriend and fellow wrestler Somvir Rathee of Bakhta Khera village of Jind district, who is a two times gold medallist in the national championship. The couple knew each other since 2011 and both work for the Indian Railways where they met and fell in love.


On 18 January 2023, Vinesh Phogat along with wrestler Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik held a sit in protest against the wrestling Federation of India (WFI) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Phogat alleged that the WFI officials and coaches were harassing women. She also made allegations against the WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for sexually harassing many girls. On 3 may 2023, she levelled charges against union sports minister Anurag Thakur for suppressing the matter and said that it is tough to stand against a powerful person who is misusing his power and position.

Protesting Wrestlers on May 07 held a candle-march at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. A large number of supporters walked with wrestlers demanding action against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. The protest by top wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sakshi Malik along with others demanded action against Wrestlers Federation chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over alleged sexual harassment.

Watch in details: Reality of Wrestlers Protest | Brij Bhushan |

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