Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Neeraj to miss CWG due to injury

Javelin throw star Neeraj Chopra is all set to miss his title defence at Commonwealth Games 2022 due to an injury concern. Neeraj had won the gold at the 2018 CWG in Gold Coast and followed that up with a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
On Sunday, Neeraj Chopra won a silver medal in the men’s javelin at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, USA, India Today reported.
“Our Olympic Champ @Neeraj_chopra1 will not be defending his title at @birminghamcg22 due to concerns regarding his fitness. We wish him a speedy recovery & are supporting him in these challenging times,” the Indian Olympics Association said in a statement on social media.
Neeraj Chopra revealed after winning the World Athletics silver that he picked up a groin injury during the 12-man final in Eugene. The 24-year-old Olympic champion conceded that a call on his participation in the Commonwealth Games would be taken after medical assessments of his injury.
“… I kept improving my throws throughout, but during the fourth throw, I felt pain in my groin, so I could not give everything in the last couple of throws. But I am happy with what I have done,” Neeraj told India Today after scripting history.
IOA secretary Rajeev Mehta said that Neeraj has been advised a month’s rest by his medical team after an MRI scan was done.
“Team India javelin thrower Mr. Neeraj Chopra had called me earlier today from the US to convey his inability to take part in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games owing to fitness concerns. Following his participation in the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Chopra had an MRI scan done on Monday and, based on it, he has been advised a month’s rest by his medical team,” Mehta said.
Notably, the Indian javelin star became only the 2nd Indian after Anju Bobby George in 2003 to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships. Neeraj won silver with 88.13m throw after having fouled his first attempt and managed just 82.39m in his second attempt. The Olympic champion overcame an uncharacteristically slow start to finish on the podium.
Neeraj finished second behind Grenada’s Anderson Peters, who won gold with a best attempt of 90.54m. Peters, 24, had 3 throws in excess of 90m in the men’s javelin final in Eugene as he became only the 2nd man to defend the javelin title at the World Athletics Championships.
Neeraj was set for another blockbuster duel with Peters as the world champion confirmed he would head to Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Notably, Peters had finished with bronze in Gold Coast in 2018 when Neeraj won gold.


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