Virender Singh Protests Demanding Para-Athlete Status for Deaf

Padma Shri Virender Singh Protests In Delhi; Demands Fair Treatment Of Deaf Wrestlers.

Deaf wrestler Virender Singh, recently was awarded the Padma Shri award this year. Para athletes are people who are disabled and take part in different sports. However there are many Deaf athletes in Haryana but they are not recognised as Para Athletes by the state government and do not receive any support in their sports fields. This is why Virendra sat outside Haryana Bhawan in New Delhi on 10th November to call on Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar with a demand to recognise deaf sports persons as para-athletes. Virendra was seen sitting on the footpath with his Padma Shri award and other major medals. Singh also shared a picture of himself on Twitter. In his post, he said that he will not move until CM Khattar gives equal rights to deaf players and recognises them as para-athletes. 

He said that the Central Government gives equal rights to deaf athletes then why not the state. Singh's brother Rambir, while speaking to news agency ANI, said that Virendra who was awarded the Arjuna award has been visiting Haryana ministers for years to demand government jobs for deaf sportspersons in the state. Rambir further revealed that the Haryana government had offered an Rs. 6 crore incentive in 2017 but his brother has yet to receive a single penny. Rambir said that the government had announced a Grade A-level job for his brother but he didn't get it and is now working as a Grade C-level employee.