Indian female wrestler Geeta Phogat has been appointed as the Deputy Superintendent of Police by the Haryana cabinet. The 27-year-old from Bhiwani, whose life will be portrayed in the Aamir Khan-starrer movie Dangal, whose official trailer is out today, was the first woman wrestler from the country to qualify for the Olympics in London in 2012.
“She is a graduate and a sportsperson of international repute. She is also a gold medallist in wrestling at the 19th Commonwealth Games-2010 held in Delhi,” a state government spokesperson said. The Cabinet also approved the proposal to appoint mountaineer Ram Lal as Sub-Inspector under the sports quota.
This week, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar met his cabinet colleagues and finally approved Geeta’s appointment as a DSP. But the wait for the reward made the star wrestler frustrated over the years. “Humein aadat ho gayi thi wait karne ki. Sab khush hain par jitni khushi honi chahiye thi, utni nahin hai (We got used to waiting. Everyone is happy but we are not as happy as we should have been),” Geeta told.
The likes of boxers Vikas Krishan and Paramjit Samota were appointed as DSPs without delay, unlike Geeta, who had to keep waiting.
Geeta is the daughter of Mahavir Singh Phogat and her sisters include Rio 2016 Olympics participants Vinesh Phogat and Babita Kumari.