New Delhi: India’s Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra on Thursday (August 26) stated that he was “disappointed” to see people pushing their “vested interests” after a video went viral where the Indian athlete can be seen on the lookout for his javelin just moments before the finals of the event in August.
In the viral video, the Indian athlete can also be seen spotting his javelin in the hands of Pakistan athlete Arshad Nadeem and then rushing towards him to take it back.
Even though the turn of events leading into the throw did not hamper Neeraj’s prospects of winning the gold medal in Tokyo, numerous fans questioned the motive behind Nadeem picking “someone” else’s javelin.
Neeraj on Thursday took to Twitter and requested everyone to not use him or any of his comments as a medium to their vested interests.
“I would request everyone to please not use me and my comments as a medium to further your vested interests and propaganda. Sports teaches us to be together and united. I’m extremely disappointed to see some of the reactions from the public on my recent comments,” Neeraj Chopra said in a video posted on his Twitter handle.
While clarifying the rules of the javelin competition, Neeraj further stated, “I thank everyone for the love and support. Recently in one of my interviews, I said that I took my javelin from Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem before my first attempt. A big issue has been created out of this, I would like to clarify all throwers as per rule are allowed to use the javelin.”
“So there is nothing wrong in what Arshad did by taking my javelin to prepare and I asked him for the javelin for my throw, this is not a big issue. I urge everyone to further not create any issue on this. We all javelin throwers compete in a sporting manner,” he added.
Earlier this month, Neeraj scripted history when he won India’s first-ever gold medal in track and athletics at the Tokyo Olympics. Chopra produced a throw of 87.58 meters to win the gold medal for his country.
This was also India’s tenth gold medal at the Olympics and the second individual gold medal since Abhinav Bindra secured a gold finish in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in shooting.