Star Indian javelin thrower and Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra is all set to miss the 36th national Games to be held in Gujarat. It is because he is recovering from a groin injury that he sustained a few days back. The 24-year-old has recently created history for India by winning the gold medal in the Diamond League, one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.
He also talked about his decision of taking a rest from the national games commencing on the 29th of September and will be played till the 12th of October. He also mentioned the reason for Diamond League being his last event of the current season.
We already knew about it, so my season ended with the Zurich event – Neeraj Chopra
“As per my schedule planned at the start of the year, this was supposed to be my last event of the season. I would have participated in the Asian Games around this time but that was postponed. We already knew about it, so my season ended with the Zurich event. The dates for the National Games were announced recently,” said Neeraj Chopra during a conversation with the Times of India.
Later on, the Rohtak-based prodigy also talked about how important is rest for him amidst the tight schedule. Notably, there are some major events he has to participate in next year.
“I have consulted with my coach (Dr. Klaus Bartonietz) and he advised me to rest and prepare for the crucial season next year, which includes the World Championships and Asian Games,” he added later.
Summing up his remarks, the Padma Shri awardee also opened up on his groin injury and the recovery phase required for it.
“I have just recovered from a groin injury. If train and compete, it could become risky. My uncle and friends have traveled from India and are here in Zurich. So, I will be vacationing with them for one or two weeks before returning to India. After that, I will come back home to begin my rehabilitation program,” he concluded.