Neeraj Chopra not risking Olympics, provides clarification for skipping Ostrava


India’s ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has issued a clarification after pulling out of Ostrava Golden Spikes event. The organisers of the meet issued an official statement on Sunday, May 26 that Neeraj could not participate due to injury but would be present as a guest in the event. Chopra, however, issued a clarification after the statement was said contradicting the organiser’s statement.

Neeraj took to Instagram and said that he did not pick up a fresh injury and instead was taking precautions ahead of the all-important Olympics 2024.

Following a recent throwing session, I decided not to compete in Ostrava as I felt something in my adductor. I have had problems with it in the past and pushing it at this stage can lead to injury. Just to clarify, I am not injured but I don’t want to take any risk during the Olympic year so had to take this decision. Once I feel it’s fully recovered, I will get back to competitions,” Neeraj posted on his Instagram story on Sunday, May 26.

Earlier, with Neeraj Chopra pulling out of Ostrava’s Golden Spike meet on May 28, organisers were forced to issue a statement.

“The organizers did note a message from the Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra. Due to an injury that he sustained in training two weeks ago (adductor muscle) he will not be able to throw in Ostrava,” the statement read.

“He will arrive at the event as a guest,” it further added.

NEERAJ CHOPRA’S BELIEF

The ace javelin thrower had earlier stated that belief was going to be the key to success in the Paris Olympics. Chopra said that he had come a long way in his career from being unsure of qualifying to winning the gold medal in the event.

“There was a time when I wasn’t even sure of qualifying for the world championships, but see how times have changed,” Chopra said in an interview with Sports Authority of India (SAI) media. “In Budapest last year, we had three Indians (out of the top six) in the finals and that’s made us believe we’re no less than the Europeans, who have dominated world javelin for so long.

Published By:

Kingshuk Kusari

Published On:

May 26, 2024


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