New Delhi. The players were honored by President Draupadi Murmu a day earlier in Delhi. A total of 26 players were given the Arjuna Award. Indian team’s fast bowler Mohammed Shami was also included in this. At the same time, India’s star shuttlers Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy were awarded the Khel Ratna. Meanwhile, a wrestler has expressed his grief over the incident and complained to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The name of this player is Virendra Singh (dumb wrestler), who is disappointed at not getting the Khel Ratna even after winning a medal in the Deaf Olympics. Virendra Singh, popularly known as Gunga Wrestler, has won 3 gold medals in Deaf Olympics.
Virendra Singh (dumb wrestler) tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and wrote, "Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur ji… I have not received the Khel Ratna yet despite winning 5 Olympic medals. Haryana government also did not give even Rs 8 crore as per its policy. My only crime is that I am a deaf and dumb athlete. Jai Hind!."
Honorable Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi Yes, and Honorable Sports Minister Shri @ianuragthakur Yes, I did not get the Khel Ratna even after winning five Deaf Olympic medals, nor did the Haryana Government give Rs 8 crore under the policy, my crime is that I am a deaf-mute disabled player..! #Jai Hind pic.twitter.com/n9KJGQGJUY
— Virender Singh (@GoongaPahalwan) January 9, 2024
Let us tell you that a day earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had praised the players who received the National Sports Award. PM Modi had tweeted, Congratulations to the winners of the National Sports and Adventure Award 2023. His brilliant achievements and unwavering dedication are an inspiration to the people of our country. They have not only performed brilliantly in their respective fields but have also raised the flag of India on the world stage.