Despite the order from the Indian Olympic Association, champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s participation in the forthcoming National Games is iffy given that he recently had a groyne injury and had a demanding season. Olympic gold medalist Chopra made history on Thursday by becoming the first Indian to win the prestigious Diamond League Finals championship in Zurich, capping up the international season in style.
A day later, he was inquired about participating in the National Games, which will take place from September 29 to October 12 in several Gujarati cities.
“It’s almost time for the National Games. I recently suffered a groyne injury, and I might not be able to workout for a week or two. Therefore, I’m mostly thinking about next year “Chopra told journalists.
Many competitors may need to adjust their training regimens as a result of the IOA’s requirement that the nation’s best athletes compete in the Games.
After Home Minister Amit Shah unveiled the Games’ mascot and anthem and declared that they would be the “largest and grandest” ever, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur issued the IOA directive.
After a seven-year hiatus, the National Games are once again being staged.
After winning a silver medal at the World Championships in the USA in July–August, Chopra was forced to miss the Commonwealth Games due to groyne pain.
Chopra, however, had won the Lausanne-leg of the Diamond League series on August 26 and qualified for these Finals, putting an impressive end to the one-month injury layoff.
With his third-best throw of his career of 89.08 metres, he had became the first Indian to win a Diamond League meet title in Lausanne.
In Zurich, Chopra started out with a foul but quickly moved to the top with a throw of 88.44m, which was his fourth career best and ultimately the winning throw.
His subsequent four throws covered 88.00m, 86.11m, 87.00m, and 83.60m.
Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch, an Olympic silver medalist, came in second with a best throw of 86.94 metres, which he recorded on his fourth attempt. With a best of 83.73m, German athlete Julian Weber finished third.