JAMMU: Atul Pangotra has created history after getting selected for the first phase of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (TOG) and Paralympics international referee selection and training camp, which is to be held at Wuxi, China and Moscow, Russia respectively.
He is the only referee official from India who got his selection in both Olympic and Paralympics camps.
During the final phase of selection camp of team India for upcoming Senior World Taekwondo Championships, which is scheduled to be held at Manchester Regional Arena, Ethhad Campus, Manchester, from May 15, 2019, Atul Pangotra again made his name in the list of head coaches, who will be assisting Indian Taekwondo team during World Championship.
Recipient of Sher-i-Kashmir and State award, having 10 senior National winning records to his name, Atul Pangotra is the only player of Jammu and Kashmir State who secured silver and bronze medal in commonwealth Taekwondo Championship respectively.
He has participated in many international Olympic ranking championships and brought laurels to the country and State.
While speaking to media persons, Pangotra said that “I have been dreaming for this day, I devoted my entire life in promoting this Olympic sport in and outside state. The path was not easy for me without the support of my parents, worthy Masters and the association members of J&K Taekwondo Association. It made my day when I heard that I have been selected for Paralympics too”.