Ram Ram ji! I am Virender Singh ‘aka Goonga Pehalwan’ . I cannot speak or hear but my ‘Dhobhi Pachads’ are heard all over the world. I am an Arjuna Awardee Indian wrestler whose only motive of life is to get golden laurels for India. All I dream of is to win my 4th gold medal at the Deaflympics 2020.

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Not being able to speak or hear but just see everything that’s wrong is hard. I was 10 years old when I took up wrestling, it was my escape from the bullying that came in my way due to my disability. Wrestling has always given me the faith and confidence that I can achieve whatever I wish for even if life is not exactly how I wanted it to be.

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The Goonga Pehelwan -Virender Singh
The Goonga Pehelwan -Virender Singh


Won 3 Deaflympics Gold Medals ( 2005, 2013, 2017) in 74 kg and 84 kg category.
In July 2015, received the prestigious Arjuna Award – India’s sporting honour.
The next gold came in at the 2016 World Deaf Wrestling Championships in Tehran, Iran.
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Virender Singh awarded with the Delhi Star Award 2019

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