Indian athletes do not consider themselves less than the world’s top athletes: Toor

Top Indian shot put thrower Tajinderpal Singh Toor believes that world champion Neeraj Chopra’s historic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics has ‘boosted the confidence’ of Indian players and they consider themselves ‘no less than the top global athletes’.

Two-time Asian Games gold medalist Toor said the change in mindset after Chopra’s achievement has given Indian athletes the confidence that they are going to the Paris Olympics with the aim of winning and not just participating. “The confidence of the players has increased after Neeraj Chopra’s gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games,” Toor said at a panel discussion organized on the eve of ‘TCS World 10K Bengaluru’ here on Saturday. Not every one of us is going to be in this just to participate. We are going there with the mentality of winning medals.

He said, “I think there has been a change in mentality today. We consider ourselves no less than the top global athletes we compete with. Look at the World Championships results, we had Neeraj and Kishore Jena on the podium. We also had DP Manu. He had reached the finals of this event.” The discussion also included 27-time IBSF world champion Pankaj Advani, top shooter Tejas Krishna Prasad, squash star Joshna Chinappa, former international athlete and Arjuna awardee Ashwini Nachappa.

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