Big Breaking News: Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra has been ruled out of the upcoming CWG 2022 due to injury, which is a huge blow for Indian athletics.
Neeraj recently became only the second Indian, after Anju Bobby George, to win a silver medal at the Athletics World Championships. He finished with Silver Medal. He had some fitness issue of groin pain.
The reigning Olympic champion has been advised to take a month off, according to IOA Secretary General Rajiv Mehta. “Earlier, Team India javelin thrower Mr Neeraj Chopra called me from the United States to express his inability to compete in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games due to fitness concerns,” Mehta explained.
“Following his participation in the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Mr Chopra had an MRI scan done on Monday, and his medical team has advised him to rest for a month,” Mehta added.
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Chopra was designated to serve as India’s flag bearer at the Games, which begin on Thursday. “We’ll have a meeting later in the day to decide who will be the new flagbearer,” India team chef de mission Rajesh Bhandari said.
This is a significant setback for India’s medal chances, as Neeraj was one of the favourites to win gold in the men’s javelin. He rose to prominence after winning gold at the previous CWG event when he was only 20 years old.
Since then, Neeraj has been rewriting history. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, he became independent India’s first track and field athlete to win a gold medal. The Haryana-born javelin thrower then broke his own national record twice, first in the Paavo Nurmi games with an 89.30m throw and then almost a year later in the Diamond League in Stockholm with an 89.94m throw.