Taekwondo is not everyone’s cup of tea, how did you make debut into this tough, demanding sports?  

I began my taekwondo lessons at the tender age of 14 when I got an opportunity to attend a talent hunt event by the Taekwondo Association of Kerala. Whenever I practise taekwondo, I felt that taekwondo is different and interesting; it gave me discipline and also improved my confidence.  

In 2012, I got selection to Sports Authority of India (SAI), LNCPE Trivandrum. At SAI, I got training under Balagopal and Kanon Bala. It was a great opportunity for me to get trained under such dedicated coaches. The rigorous training has helped me to improve both physically and mentally.  

Favorite sports other than taekwondo? 

Other than my own sport, I also like volleyball.  

Favorite sports star?  

I am a fan of Lee Dae-Hoon, popular South Korean taekwondo athlete. He clinched a bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympics and a silver at the 2012 Summer Olympics. 

A Sportsperson’s journey is not an easy one. How did you face odds and yet emerged a champ? 

Well, I had faced many injuries throughout my career. But I refused to give up. I took those pains to bring more glories to my game.  

Who was your greatest mentor/motivator? 

My coaches and my family are my biggest support. They are the backbone behind all my success. They helped me recover from many hard situations in life. 

Please share about your biggest achievements so far? 

I was a double gold medallist at the South Asian games (2016-2019). I also participated at the Asian games 2014, Asian senior championships, World university games and several Internationals Championships.  

Future career plans? 

Now I am training very hard for the upcoming international events and Olympic qualification matches. My dream is to earn more medals for and hoist the tri-colour in the 2024 Olympics. 

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Jayakrishnan is passionate about Westerns and Bollywood movies of 70s & 80s. He religiously follows the latest trends in art and literature and spends his leisure time exploring the lost glory of Hyderabad’s iconic monuments.


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