Kartik Vashist, born in Haryana, India is a professional footballer, who has represented India in IFA7 World Cup Guatemala, Central America and led the Indian Mini Football team in the World’s biggest 8-A side football tournament: Continental Football League as a captain which was held in Moscow, Russia in May 2018. Vashist is also an All India Football Federation certified D-License coach.
How was Kartik Vashist’s early life like?
Vashist started playing at the tender age of 8 for his school (Haryana Police Public School, Madhuban), being weak in academics, initially his parents did not like it too much, but eventually his father became his pillar of support. There was a time when he could not even afford a pair of shoes and said his coach (Mr. Shakti Avinash), “You better show up in shoes if you’re going to be on the grass.” Nevertheless, all the credit goes to him for whatever Kartik has learned today. Kartik, being one of the best soccer players in his school, was often applauded on stage and he loved it. Young Kartik has participated in a number of district, city, and state championships. This might come as a surprise for you but Kartik captained his college football team for 3 consistent years.
Defining moment in Kartik’s life
In 2016, Kartik was one of the young talented players to participate in the Helsinki Cup, Finland after being selected in a camp set up in Gujarat and what happens next is no less than the plot of a Bollywood film. Being from a financially weaker family, he did not have a passport. Nevertheless, IPS Yashpal Singhal (the head of Police Services in Vashist’s hometown) arranged Kartik’s international travel within 4 immediate hours for which Kartik owes his entire life to him. The same day, he also fulfilled his childhood dream to fly in an airplane. Little things matter. Interesting Fact, Kartik got a chance to play in the HJK Stadium, Helsinki which also hosts international matches.
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How is Kartik Vashist’s Personal life?
Kartik loves trekking, traveling, making new friends, exploring different cultures, and is a movie buff. As a tourist, he has traveled to various parts of the world including Dubai, Thailand, Malaysia, and the list continues. Nevertheless, running and cycling are his favorite cardio. He loves spending time and playing the sport with his friend from the early days, Mr. Pardeep Dhankar (SI Haryana Police and Football Coach of the Haryana Police Department).
Honors & Achievements
Vashist recapitulates his first success story of winning a gold medal in Coca Cola Cup, 2011 where he scored to win them the tournament. It was the day of his life. The local media houses went crazy after him and this made him realize the purpose of his life: To play for India.
In 2015, he got a chance to be a part of the Indo-Nepal youth exchange program.
Kartik later signed a contract with Pride Sports FC and represented them in the Sam Soccer International Cup in August 2016.
He also represented his state team at the Hero Aiff Santosh Trophy, Senior National Championship which to date is a mega achievement for him. Nevertheless, Kartik has also managed the Indian team under the banner of the Mini-Football Association of India in the World Mini-Football World Cup in Perth, Australia in the year 2019. and coached the Indian Mini Football team. In this way, he has influenced more young people.
In 2017, Mr. Vitthal Shiragaonkar (VP of the World Mini-Football Federation) appointed him as the general secretary of the Haryana Mini-Football Association. Penned by Shivam Shaw. M: 7059266710 3
Individuals who have shaped Kartik’s life
“Kartik Vashist started from a very humble background. He was an average student at school. But, he had an inclination for football from the very beginning, the lush green football field gave him wings. His determination and support from his family, friends, and teachers helped him fly high. The rest is history.”
–Mrs. Savita Kapoor (Principal, Haryana Police Public School).
Mrs. Savita Kapoor, who was Kartik’s school teacher was very supportive and influenced Kartik to take part in Inter-School tournaments. She has been such a blessing for him.
In his college days, Mr. Praveen Bhardwaj (Principal of the college) had been a major source of inspiration and support for Kartik and his teammates.
Born in a lower-middle-class family. Kartik’s family (Mr. Mohinder Vashist, Mrs. Niroj Bala, and his dearest brother Mr. Shekhar Vashist) could not afford a better lifestyle. But, they supported his dream. Yes, He dreamt. They worked. He fell. They lifted him back. He achieved for his family. For his nation. Exactly, 13 long years ago, Kartik Vashist wished to play football for his country. He was just a little boy from Haryana and today he is smashing it. From a school-going student to becoming a professional footballer, to becoming the man of his dreams, Kartik Vashist has come a long way.