A stadium in the premises of Army Sports Institute in Pune is to be named after Tokyo Olympics Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra.
The stadium will be named as ‘Neeraj Chopra Army Sports Stadium’ in Pune Cantt.
The official naming ceremony of the stadium is scheduled for August 23 and will be carried out by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Singh will be accompanied by the Army chief General M M Narvane and Lieutenant Governer JS Nain on this tour.
Chopra (23), who was inducted into the Indian Army in the sports quota in 2016 at the rank of Naib Subedar as a teenager, received a sizable chunk of his coaching, training and administrative support at the ASI. Established in 2001 as the premier sports training institute of the Indian Army under Mission Olympic programme, ASI is a multi-disciplinary sports training institute. It imparts training in seven fields: archery, athletics, boxing, diving, wrestling, fencing and weightlifting.
Singh will be on a one-day visit to Pune on August 23, when he will preside over functions at the Defence Institute of Advanced Technologies (DIAT) and the ASI. Officials said that during the ceremony at the ASI, Singh will felicitate 16 Olympians from the Indian Army who competed at Tokyo Olympics. In his presence, the sports stadium of the ASI will be named ‘Neeraj Chopra Army Sports Stadium, Pune Cantonment,’ officials said.
Army chief General M M Naravane and Southern Army Commander Lt Gen J S Nain will also be present for the ceremony.
At DIAT, Rajnath Singh will attend the general body meeting of the institute, inaugurate a new building and interact with faculty and students. He will be accompanied by Army Chief General Naravane and DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy.
Neeraj’s historic golden throw in the Olympics has been listed as one of the 10 magical moments of athletics (track and field) in the Tokyo Olympics by World Athletics.
He has been felicitated by the Indian Government, the Sports Ministry, the Athletic Federation of India as well as the Indian Army post his return.