Ritu Phogat has spoken out after her submission loss to Stamp Fairtex at ONE: ‘Winter Warriors’ last night. The Indian took to Instagram to share an inspirational message with her supporters:

Phogat sounded philosophical despite the disappointment of losing in the final of the atomweight Grand Prix. She pledged to ‘rise back stronger’ while declaring that ‘India is the best’.

Here is her statement in full:

As a sportsperson wins and losses are always part of the game. The most important thing is to rise back stronger after the fall. Yesterday was not my day, but I promise to every beautiful soul who is with me in my journey that I shall bounce back much stronger. I would like to take this opportunity to thank from bottom of my heart to each and everyone who has been supporting me and sending their lovely wishes. You guys are my motivation. Also would like to thank my motherland for giving me the opportunity to represent her globally. East or west India is the best.

Phogat might not have earned a title shot after finishing in second place. But she enhanced her reputation during the tournament and still has a big fan following.

The future looks bright for the 27 year old and Phogat is determined to bounce back strongly after last night’s setback.