Neeraj Chopra, who bagged gold in the Javelin throw event of the Tokyo Olympics, has slammed people for misquoting his comments on Pakistan counterpart Arshad Nadeem. Neeraj recently revealed that he took his first shot in a hurry due to the delay as he couldn’t find his Javelin, which was later spotted in the hands of Arshad. Neeraj said he is extremely disappointed how the fans have made their own opinions.
“I would request everyone to please not use me and my comments as a medium to further your vested interests and propaganda. Sports teaches us to be together and united. I’m extremely disappointed to see some of the reactions from the public on my recent comments,” tweeted the Tokyo Olympics gold medal winner.
He said there is no need to make an issue out of it as Nadeem had done nothing wrong, adding that using anyone’s javelin for practice is completely legal. He requested people to stop their personal propaganda.
“A big issue has been made over my remarks in an interview. All the personal javelins are kept in one place, where any thrower can use it, this is the rule. There was nothing wrong with him (Arshad Nadeem) taking my javelin and preparing for his throw. Before my throw, I asked him for it. I’m sad that a big issue is being made out of my comments. I request everyone not to do this,” Neeraj said in the video.
In an interview with the Times of India, Neeraj had said he was looking for his Javelin before his throw and saw Arshad moving around with it.
“I was searching for my javelin at the start of the final (in Olympics). 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’. He gave it back to me. That’s why you must have seen I took my first throw hurriedly,” Neeraj Chopra had earlier told The Times of India.
Neeraj covered a distance of 87.58 to bag India’s second individual gold in Olympics.