Srinagar, January 06: In 2010, this boy from Baramulla’s Gulshanabad Village named Danish Manzoor joined Taekwando. He participated in a number of competitions at state and national level and fetched a total of 17 medals in last five years.
Though, Danish has won 15 gold medals in last five years and now he is aspiring to participate in the upcoming Olympics but the lack of professional support is proving to be a stumbling block for this 18-year-old taekwondo player.
His journey always lacked coaching facilities and proper exposure but he has still reached to this level which shows his dedication towards the sport. In his maiden competition, he won bronze while he received his first gold medal in the state games in 2011. That year, he had won gold in the north zone games also.
While talking about his journey and aspiration, Danish said, ” Last year, I won gold medal in the feather weight category and qualified for the national taekwondo championship. However, I lost in the quarter final.”
Danish has great confidence in his ability and he dreams of representing India in the Olympics. All he needs is proper coaching and support from organisations like the Sports Authority of India.
He further said that there are a number of youngsters in Jammu and Kashmir who have the aptitude and passion for sports and want to represent India at various international competition but lack of support from authorities is hampering their growth.
“I am doing everything with the help of my family. I want to pursue a career in taekwondo, but there are very limited options for people like me in the Valley. The lack of professional support is not allowing me to fulfil my dreams,” he said.