Afreen Hyder, an international Taekwondo player from Kashmir, wants to represent India in Olympics.
Hyder returned home after giving a good performance at a Taekwondo Grand Prix event in South Korea recently.
She is the first Taekwondo player from Jammu and Kashmir to win a medal in the junior category at the Nationals.
Her Taekwondo journey started in school.
"I never thought of pursuing it professionally. I saw children training in Taekwondo in school and thought it was cool. So I decided to train too. This sport is now my passion," Hyder told a news agency.
In 2014, Hyder shifted from Srinagar to Jammu. After completing her schooling in Srinagar she decided to pursue Taekwondo as a full-time athlete.
Three years later in 2017 she was selected to represent India at a championship in Nepal where she won a bronzed medal for the country.
Hyder also expressed gratitude to her coach Atul Pangotra. "In Jammu, Atul sir taught me a lot. Later, I got my training for a year in one of the best academies in Bhopal. Currently, I am training in Gurugram, which also has one of the finest academies of India," she added.
Currently ranked 91 in the world Hyder is training for the World Championship and Asian Games. But her eventual goal is to represent India at the 2024 Paris Olympics.