Enthusiasm

The Art of Packing a Shot – The New Indian Express

Express press service

HYDERABAD: How many of us have heard of Taekwondo sport. Or perhaps a better question would be, ‘How many of us consider Taekwondo to be a profitable career path?’ If your answer to either or both of these questions is “no”, B city boy Sai Deepak is here to change that.

The 25-year-old dreams of a day when India will consider other sports apart from popular sports like cricket, badminton and football, as a viable career option. “Although I can see growing enthusiasm for other sports, I want people to pay attention to martial arts as well, especially taekwondo,” says the youngest Indian to hold four Guinness World Records.

He was recently invited to be the main guest at the Andhra and Telangana ICSE & ISC Teakwondo 2022 tournament, where he shared how he ended up achieving his dream. “From my childhood, I remember that my father amused me with martial arts. When I was in school I chose to learn karate and in 2008 I learned something called ‘taekwondo’ being an Olympic sport so I decided to work in that meaning.

I started looking for a good trainer, I was injured, I had knee surgery in 2020, after which I had to visit a rehabilitation center, then finally I was able to train in Pune . Then I took part in the Russian championships and now I have decided to train the youngest to become champions of the country,” says Sai enthusiastically.

The athlete gave up his well-paying job at a company to start his own business, to devote his time and resources to training 20 talented children. “At a recent competition these kids took part in, they won over 15 medals in total! They have a bright future and I want to help them achieve it. I hope no one will have to look for coaches like I did. It’s not enough to understand what they want to do in life, I also seek to find sponsors who will help them achieve this dream,” he told CE.

HYDERABAD: How many of us have heard of Taekwondo sport. Or perhaps a better question would be, ‘How many of us consider Taekwondo to be a profitable career path?’ If your answer to either or both of these questions is “no”, B city boy Sai Deepak is here to change that. The 25-year-old dreams of a day when India will see other sports apart from popular sports like cricket, badminton and football as a viable career choice. “Although I can see growing enthusiasm for other sports, I want people to pay attention to martial arts as well, especially taekwondo,” says the youngest Indian to hold four Guinness World Records. He was recently invited to be the main guest at the Andhra and Telangana ICSE & ISC Teakwondo 2022 tournament, where he shared how he ended up achieving his dream. “From my childhood, I remember that my father amused me with martial arts. When I was in school I chose to learn karate and in 2008 I learned something called ‘taekwondo’ being an Olympic sport so I decided to work in that meaning. I started looking for a good trainer, I was injured, I had knee surgery in 2020, after which I had to visit a rehabilitation center, then finally I was able to train in Pune . Then I took part in the Russian championships and now I have decided to train the youngest to become champions of the country,” says Sai enthusiastically. The athlete gave up his high-paying corporate job to start his own business, to devote his time and resources to training 20 talented children. “At a recent competition these kids took part in, they won over 15 medals in total! They have a bright future and I want to help them achieve it. I hope no one will have to look for coaches like I did. It’s not enough to understand what they want to do in life, I also seek to find sponsors who will help them achieve this dream,” he told CE.