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 Varun Chand (25), an athlete from Special Olympics Bharat – Telangana won three gold medal in swimming heats – 50 m, 100 m and 200 m freestyle – at the Indo Sri Lankan Master Swimmer’s meet at Colombo, Sri Lanka from March 3-6, 2016. Varun was the only athlete with intellectual disabilities to participate with other 20 mainstream swimmers. Varun was diagnosed with mild autism and moderate mental retardation at the young age of four and swimming was part of his therapy. Varun joined Special Olympics Bharat – Telangana in 2009.