KHADE Virdhawal < Back  
Sport Swimming
CGA India   
Gender Men
Born 29 Aug 1991 in Kolhapur, IND
Height1.90 m
Weight 85 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Rujuta
Residence Mumbai, IND
Occupation Public Servant
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began swimming at age four in Kolhapur, India.
Why this sport? His father, a former basketball player, talked him into trying swimming at the PGT pool near his home in Kolhapur, India. "My dad wanted me to concentrate on an individual event."
Club / Team Padukone–Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence: Bengaluru, IND
Name of coach Nihar Ameen
Training Regime He swims for six hours a day, before spending two hours in the gym.
General Interest
Nicknames Veer [Brave]. (virdhawal.blogspot.com, 19 Feb 2008)
Injuries He missed half of the 2007 season due to a combination of illness and study commitments. (hindu.com 18 Jan 2008)

He has suffered a serous knee injury during his career. (news18.com, 13 Jun 2018)
Awards and honours He was presented with India's Arjuna Award in 2011. (firstpost.com, 23 Mar 2018)
Ambitions To win two medals, including one gold, at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, and to compete in an Olympic final. (news18.com, 13 Jun 2018; indiatimes.com, 29 Mar 2018; thehindu.com, 24 Mar 2018)
Other information WORKING LIFE
In around 2010 he began combining his swimming career with a full-time job as a public servant. His results suffered and he competed in the sport less until November 2017 when, following a number of different postings around India because of his work with the Indian government, he returned to Mumbai to live permanently. "I started taking time out for myself. I started training, swimming twice a day and going to the gym. I started with my food; I started watching what I ate. That played a big role in helping me get back in shape. I worked very hard in the gym. The one place that I think I earlier lacked was that I was weaker than my competitors abroad. I got a lot stronger than what I used to be." (firstpost.com, 23 Mar 2018)