New Delhi: It is heartbreaking news for Indian sports fans that ace javelin thrower and defending champion of the 2018 CWG, Neeraj Chopra, has been ruled out of the upcoming Commonwealth Games starting in Birmingham on Thursday, July 28 due to injury. IOA General Secretary Rajeev Mehta said Neeraj Chopra is not 100 percent fit, so he will miss the prestigious event.
Neeraj had gone for an MRI scan on Monday, which revealed his injury. His medical team advised him to take a month’s rest.
Neeraj scripted history on Sunday, winning the silver medal in javelin throw at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene with a best throw of 88.13m in the finals. He became the second Indian and first male who bagged a medal in a world championship. Earlier, Anju Bobby George claimed the bronze medal in the 2003 edition of the game held in Paris.
Chopra’s niggled groin created some problems during the World Athletics Championships. Injuries are a part of the career of sportspersons. Sometimes athletes fail to take part in any major event, which is shocking.
Neeraj became uncomfortable after his fourth effort in the final at the world championships. But I wanted to continue my throw. So I strapped my thigh. Hopefully it will be fine. Neeraj said, “I will know by morning how it feels or if there is something to worry about.”