Atul Raghav, an international taekwondo player from Ghaziabad, has strived to improve the sports culture in his city. Raghav, Uttar Pradesh’s first international taekwondo player, has also contributed to society by promoting government welfare programs.
He is also working on Swachhta Abhiyan by sensitizing citizens on steps towards cleanliness. He worked jointly with the administration and led the Indian government’s campaign on plantations, waste segregation and say no to single-use plastic, with the aim of transforming Ghaziabad into a smart city. And their collaborative efforts have also yielded results. Ghaziabad clinched the top position in the state and secured the 12th national position at Swachh Sarvekshan 2022.
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Raghav rose to prominence upon his return to India after delivering an outstanding performance and winning the bronze medal at the Taekwondo World Championship held in Dubai in 2020.
Speaking to India TV Digital, Raghav, a second-year student at the University of Delhi, said his dream was to make ‘Taekwondo’ (a form of martial art) a mainstream sport at present. . “Now I have trained several children and I am also trying to bring some glow in the game so that it grows to the level that everyone would like to make their children a Taekwondian,” Raghav added.
He worked to develop an atmosphere to develop taekwondo in his city of Ghaziabad. Raghav said: “The only challenge I have faced as an athlete/referee/sports mentor is the dispute with the federation. Disputes with the federation are the biggest obstacle to the growth of taekwondo.
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“At ground level, there’s so much politics that makes it difficult for deserving players,” he said.
Raghav was recently appointed brand ambassador of Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation by the authorities. He won a gold medal at the CISCE National Games held in Ahemdabad Gujarat 2018. He was also praised by the then District Magistrate Ritu Maheswari for his achievement.
Talking about how he developed his interest in taekwondo, he said, “I started my journey in 2016 as a professional sport playing at the school level and then progressing to the next level winning medals. martial arts were my interest since childhood and I started enjoying the process of learning this art.”
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Atul Raghav is one of the top ten taekwondo players in the country. According to a report from a sports institute named Kreedon, Atul is an up and coming Indian player and he is one of the most promising Indian players in his weight category. Raghav is also an official of the Uttar Pradesh Taekwondo Association (UPTA).
Raghav is now preparing for the Heroes Cup 2023. “I want all sports to be treated equally. For me, anyone who wears a blue jersey and plays for India is equal regardless of the sport. I am proud of every athlete,” he said. .
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