People had to undergo a lot of things due to the pandemic lockdown, some lost their jobs, and some lost their true fields of career to an ever expanding period of gloom. The athletes were absolutely devastated since every Sports Complex shutdown, and people lost months worth of training practise. If there is something that corona could not kill, it was the determination and true spirit of the people who have always wanted to be successful. Among them all is Atul Raghav, an individual from Uttar Pradesh, who has worked hard all his life to reach this place.
It was the Sports Authority of India that conducted a three day selection trial beginning from 21st may to 23rd may, all at the Sports Authority of India Lucknow regional centre. This was done in order to select the best players for Taekwondo sport. Only the most efficient and strategic can reach this place, Atul Raghav misses the Asian Qualifications due to pandemic. To begin with, around 16 members were selected in total, out of which eight were female and each were male. Mostly being selected for the Asian games, most of the performers were absolutely splendid. Atul Raghav was one among those Indian Taekwondo players who didn’t had only one achivement. since he had also been selected for the Hero cup 2021 which will be held soon in Bangkok, Thailand.
We have some other appearances for Atul Raghav. One was way back when he won a bronze medal in G2 fujairah Dubai 2020, this made him the youngest player to participate in such a G ranked championship. Moreover, this put him into the limelight for a long time, people recognised Atul Raghav as an accomplished individual who is capable of doing more with his talents. In fact, the 8th edition of fujairah open received around 2000 entries, and over 1600 athletes came from all around 43 countries. You can certainly imagine the wide diversity there, and a mix and match of so many different talents. Atul Raghav held strong even in the face of competition. Actually, there were 400 UAE based Taekwondo players that appeared to be quite well trained too. One of the reasons why this particular event became important for international players was because it was upgraded and ranked G2 by the world Taekwondo headquarters in South Korea.
Starting out his career in 2017 as an inter school player, Atul Raghav never even imagined that he would reach such an international level one day. However, he came through every challenging situation, winning gold medals in not just district, state and national levels, but also in international champions. He is one of the best athletes to ever represent the CICSE board twice, bagging a number of medals for them. A pride for the country, and also the board, Atul Raghav has come a long way and has much more to achieve in the future ahead of him