Profile

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.

I belong from Sasroli village, near Jhajjar in Haryana. Being deaf was hard as I was bullied as a kid when my uncle Surinder Pehalwan, bought me to Delhi to live with my uncle and father at CISF akhara. Wrestling was an inspiration given to me by my father and my uncle.

I started training at the age of 9 under my uncle and later by Dronacharya Awardee Coaches Maha Singh Rao ,Ramphal Singh and Satpal Singh. And went on to win many laurels for my country to make my fellow country men proud. Explore my world of silence through the words on this website

Name
Virender Singh Yadav

Sport
Men’s Wrestling

Date of Birth
1st April, 1986

Place of Birth
Sasroli, Jhajhar, Haryana

Story

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.

My journey started when I won the gold at the 2005 Deaflympics. Since then, I have won many medals on national and international levels. I am proud of what I have achieved but there’s still a lot that needs to be changed.

Currently, I live in Delhi. A small room which is inside an akhada is what I call my house. I never realised I had to wrestle with not only my opponent but with the injustice that exists in the sports community.

My fight was and will always be for the equality deaf athletes deserve. Till then, I will keep working hard and make my country proud.

Career Timeline

In 2002, my career took off with a golden start at the World Cadet Wrestling Championships, clinched gold in the National rounds. Later, was disqualified from the tournament, deafness being the reason for it.
Soon after, in 2005 Summer Deaflympics won a gold held in Melbourne, Australia.
Went on a medal spree after that, won a silver at the World Deaf Wrestling Championships in Armenia 2008.
2nd Deaflympics medal (bronze) came in 2009 Summer Deaflympics in Taipei, China.
At the 2012 World Deaf Wrestling Championships which was held in Sofia,Bulgaria, secured a bronze.
At the 2013 Summer Deaflympics, won 3rd Deaflympic medal.
The next gold came in at the 2016 World Deaf Wrestling Championships in Tehran, Iran.
In 2017 Summer Deaflympics, maintained the performance and won a gold.
In July 2015, received the prestigious Arjuna Award – India’s sporting honour.
Before that, received the Rajiv Gandhi State Sports Award, awarded by the Government of Delhi, India.