New Delhi: Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, who won silver medal at the World Athletics Championship in javelin throw, is all set to miss the Commonwealth Games 2022 which will take place in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8, Rajeev Mehta, IOA General Secy informed media.
Star Indian javelin thrower will not be taking part in the Commonwealth Games 2022 due to an injury sustained during the finals of the World Athletics Championships in Oregon.
Rajeev Mehta, the Secretary General of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) told ANI, “Neeraj Chopra will not take part in Commonwealth Games 2022. He is not fit as he got injured in the finals of the World Athletic Championships. He informed us about this.”
The news of Chopra’s injury comes as a huge blow to India’s medal chances in javelin throw. Chopra has delivered a lot of outstanding performances since he won Gold in Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Neeraj Chopra won silver medal at the World Athletics Championship with a 88.13m throw in the javelin throw finals. With this, he became only the second Indian and first male track and field athlete to win a silver medal at the championship.
Neeraj is now the second Indian after ex-long jumper Anju Bobby George to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships, who had won a bronze in the World Championships in the 2003 edition in Paris.
Chopra had won Indian athletics’ maiden gold in the Tokyo Olympics last year. He is only the second Indian to have won an individual gold in the Olympics, after shooter Abhinav Bindra, who clinched the yellow metal in 2008 Beijing Games.
Notably, On June 14, Chopra had set a new national record and finished with a silver medal with a throw of 89.30 metres at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland, bettering his own previous national record of 88.07 meters which he had set in Patiala in March last year.
(With ANI, PTI Inputs)