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  • Apr
  • 22

Away from home, ONE Championship athlete Ritu Phogat keeps herself busy with yoga, movies and books

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While most athletes across the globe are spending their time at home in the absence of active sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, India’s star athlete and ONE Championship fighter Ritu Phogat is spending time away from her family whilst in Singapore exploring new things to keep herself busy during the lockdown period.


The 25-year-old Phogat, who put forth a gutsy showing against experienced opponent Wu Chiao Chen of China, registered her second Championship win last February. Since then, Phogat has been taking this opportunity to work on her skills, while also doing yoga to improve her mental toughness. She trains for around three and a half hours a day.


“With the lockdown in progress, going out of my home is not an option. Which is why I’ve created a schedule and I stick to it along with a workout regime at home right from the basic exercises like running on the treadmill, lifting weights to utilizing the ropes and punching bags to get better strength and stamina. I have also been indulging in yoga, since I moved my base to Singapore to better my mental toughness,” the 2016 Commonwealth championship gold medallist wrestler said.


Apart from her daily training routine, Phogat spends her free time reading books and watching movies.


“Whatever time I have after training, I spend it reading and watching movies. Currently, I’m hooked to ‘The Secret.’ Normally I don’t get much time for myself but this lockdown has given me ample amounts of that. Apart from reading, I’ve also been watching a lot of movies, and sports documentaries like ‘The Champions.’ This is probably the first time in my life that I am watching so many movies,” Phogat added.


The daughter of legendary wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat, Ritu is working hard to achieve her dream of becoming India’s first mixed martial arts world champion. But she also feels that being away from family is not easy during these challenging times.


“I’m missing the food cooked by my mother. Cooking food on my own is challenging but I am managing it somehow. I cook roti and sabjee at least once a day and I also play online ludo with my sisters a lot,” said Phogat.




ONE Championship recently teamed up with international advocacy organization, Citizen, to air the live ‘ONE World: Together at Home’ global special which saw some of the world’s leading artists perform in a virtual, no-contact concert last Sunday. ONE Championship selected world champion athletes also participated in Global Citizen’s #TogetherAtHome initiative to provide fans with home workouts, and health and fitness tips through a series of online videos.

The event drew in millions of viewers from around the world in a show of gratitude for the doctors and paramedic staffs and a gesture to stand united for the battle against coronavirus pandemic. This initiative raised over US$127.9 million for the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund 

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