Gearing up for her ONE: Dangal in opposition to the seasoned Vietnamese-American fighter Bi Nguyen on the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, the 27-year-old stated she would not miss being a wrestler anymore however is worked up to look at Vinesh and Bajrang competing in Tokyo.
Her eldest sister Geeta Phogat just lately returned to coach, whereas Vinesh and Bajrang are busy positive tuning themselves forward of the showpiece occasion within the Japanese capital in July. Seeing all these, does Ritu ever plan a return to beginner wrestling?
“I made this alternative of switching over to MMA, and I feel I made the appropriate one. Wrestling will endlessly be near my coronary heart with all my household incomes a reputation from it. However I needed to discover myself in another sport, the place I may use my fundamentals of wrestling and MMA is the one sport which makes a wrestler really feel like being in his/her personal zone,” Ritu advised TOI throughout a digital interplay.
“It feels nice to have two of your loved ones members competing on the Olympics. I want all of them the success in Tokyo,” added Ritu, the third daughter of veteran wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat.
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Whereas Vinesh is the daughter of Mahavir’s youthful brother Rajpal Phogat, Bajrang married Ritu’s youthful sister and fellow wrestler Sangeeta Phogat.
On Saturday, the Haryana woman will likely be banking on these wrestling methods in opposition to Bi Nguyen as she goals to take care of her unbeaten run in Singapore.
“I feel that Bi’s weak spot is that her wrestling is just not as robust and so my energy will likely be her weak spot. Due to my wrestling historical past, I ought to be capable to take Bi down successfully and I ought to be capable to end her off,” hopes Ritu.
Ritu made her ONE Championship debut two years in the past, and has since racked up an unblemished win-loss slate, defeating her first 4 opponents in spectacular trend. In the meantime, Nguyen has had a tough go as of late. Ritu is assured she will be able to proceed her successful streak, and deal her Vietnamese-American foe one other heartbreaking setback.
“Bi is a superb fighter as a result of she is extra skilled. I’ve studied all her earlier matches and her standing recreation has been extraordinarily robust,” Ritu stated.
“It will likely be an awesome look ahead to followers as it would permit them to search out out if wrestling or hanging will get the higher hand on this match,” she added.
Whereas her fundamental focus is on the bout, Ritu additionally has one eye on the devastating second wave of the Covid-19, again dwelling. “It’s tough to be bodily away from household throughout such a disaster, I maintain speaking to my household again dwelling, fortunately everyone seems to be protected and I can deal with my struggle.”
“The scenario in India is heart-wrenching to say the least. I stand with my countrymen throughout this time of grief with the hope that we’ll come out of the storm sooner and stronger than ever earlier than. Let’s proceed to be there for each other. I strongly imagine that our unity will assist us get by way of this,” she added.
In the principle occasion, 2010 Commonwealth Video games gold medallist wrestler Arjan Bhullar will likely be up in opposition to Filipino-American famous person Brandon Vera for the ONE heavyweight world title.
Bhullar, who has a 10-1 report in MMA thus far, stated he has been ready for the face-off with Vera for a very long time, and is assured that his wrestling tips will assist outfox the opponent. The opposite Indian athletes scheduled for motion embody Gurdarshan Mangat and Roshan Mainam.