Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat, 25, of India is one of the ONE Championship athletes who will join the cast of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” as special guest stars. The Singapore-based martial arts promotion confirmed this on August 13, 2020.
On the same day, ONE Championship confirmed that Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 42, of the Philippines, “Unstopabble” Angela Lee, 23, of Singapore and “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China are also joining the upcoming reality show. They are the respective reigning champions of ONE Championship’s heavyweight, women’s atomweight and women’s strawweight divisions.
“I am excited to announce the ONE Championship athletes and world champions ready to join me on ‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition’ as special guest stars,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. “Our athletes at ONE Championship are the backbone of our organization. They are real-life, modern day heroes who inspire the world with their incredible stories.”
“Their discipline and wisdom will inspire and mentor our contestants,”Chatri continued. “It is my honor to star alongside these amazing human beings on the show.”
Phogat is an Indian wrestling champion competing in ONE Championship’s women’s atomweight division. She said, “It feels really good to be selected to guest star on ‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition.'”
“I feel honored and privileged to appear on the show with so many top leaders of the business world,” Phogat continued. “As an athlete you are always part of a team, a team which consists of players, coaches, managers, doctors, and more and everyone has their role and everyone helps each other to achieve common goals. Similarly in business, there are individuals with special skill sets and they come together and work together to achieve common and individual goals.”
“It will be very interesting to observe, learn and connect with my experience on ‘The Apprentice,” the Indian mixed martial artists added. “I’m also looking forward to participating in the physical challenges with the contestants.”
One athlete is expected to guest star per episode of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition,” which will be filmed in Singapore. The fighter will participate in physical challenges that will test athletic ability and cardio endurance.
“The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” will invite 16 contestants handpicked from around the world to compete in a high-stakes game of business and physical challenges. The winner will receive a US$250,000 job offer to work directly under Chatri for a year as his protege in Singapore.