Neeraj Chopra Injury Update: Despite a directive from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is finding it difficult to participate in the upcoming National Games due to a long international season and a back injury.
Neeraj Chopra, who won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, achieved another historic feat by winning the coveted Diamond League Final title in Zurich on Thursday. He became the first Indian to win this title.
A day later, he was asked about his participation in the National Games to be held in different cities of Gujarat from 29 September to 12 October. Chopra told reporters, “The National Games are drawing closer. I am currently recovering from a back injury. I will not be able to train for a week or two. So I am mainly focusing on next year.
The IOA has made it mandatory for the country’s top athletes to participate in the Games, which may require many players to revise their training schedules.
The IOA’s directive comes after the launch of the Games’ mascot and the national anthem by Home Minister Amit Shah. In this program, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said that this will be the biggest and grandest National Games ever. Let us tell you that the National Games will be organized at a long interval of seven years.
Due to this injury, Chopra was unable to participate in the Commonwealth Games in July-August this year after winning a silver medal at the World Champions in the US. However, they qualified for the final here a month later by winning the Lausanne stage of the Diamond League series on 26 August and finished the international season on a grand note as its winner.
He is the first Indian player to win gold in Diamond League Meet. He won the title in Lausanne with a third career best throw of 89.08m.
In Zurich, Chopra started with a foul but reached the top in his second attempt with a throw of 88.44m. This is the fourth best performance of his career which eventually won him the gold medal. He threw 88.00 m, 86.11 m, 87.00 m and 83.60 m in his next four attempts.
Olympic silver medalist Jakob Vadlage of Czech Republic finished second with a best throw of 86.94m. He achieved this in his fourth attempt. Germany’s Julian Weber finished third with 83.73m.
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