Neeraj Chopra won the gold with his 87.58m throw in the second attempt becoming the only second Indian athlete after Abhinav Bindra to achieve an Olympic top podium finish in individual events.
During an interview, the player said recalling his Tokyo 2020 days “The story is that I was searching for my javelin at the start of the final. I was not able to find it. Suddenly I saw Arshad Nadeem was moving around with my javelin. Then I told him, ‘Bhai give this javelin to me, it is my javelin! I have to throw with it’. Then he gave it back to me,”.
The 23-year-old Neeraj Chopra further told “That’s why you must have seen I took my first throw hurriedly! Arshad Nadeem gave a really good performance in the qualifying round as well as the final. I think it is good for Pakistan, they have a chance to show more interest in the javelin and do well at the international stage in the future,”.
In the interview, Neeraj told that he feels the sport needs continuous attention for things to change at the global level.
He further said, “Aisa nahin hona chahiye ki ab medal aa gaya toh sab abhi kar do, aur phir ek mahiney baad sab shaant ho jao (it shouldn't be as if we have to complete every celebration immediately because an Olympic gold medal has come, and then forget about it after a month).
The sport needs continuous attention.
“These things need to change. It’s a nice thing that a medal has come but everything needs to be systematic.”
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