It will be good for me to play in India, but there will be many celebrations there too: Neeraj Chopra

Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, who is mostly abroad for training, admitted on Thursday that his star athlete image becomes a hindrance in his practice and competition in India. The 26-year-old Chopra, the reigning World and Asian Games champion, will take part in the first phase of the Diamond League here on Friday.

Chopra before the competition Said in the press conference, “My game is most important for me. If I play in India it will be good for my profile but there are many functions and marriage ceremonies there too. Apart from this, I also want to meet my family and friends, but this is the Olympic year and practicing is most important for me.” He said, ”Before the Tokyo Olympics, I used to practice in India only but now I am only practicing in India. I want to concentrate on my game. I will practice in India later.”

From here, Chopra will go to India where he will participate in the Federation Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar from May 12 to 15. This will be the first time in the last three years that he will participate in any competition in India. He knows that his face is familiar in India and how his presence has increased the importance of their game in the country. He said, “It is not like cricketers like Virat Kohli or Mahendra Singh Dhoni but a lot of people know me. I go to India sometimes and people know me which is good for athletics. People know about athletics and follow athletics because of the Olympic gold medals.

Chopra spent the last few months practicing in South Africa, Türkiye and Switzerland. When Chopra was asked if he planned to participate in every Diamond League competition, he said that would be decided by his coaches. This Indian player has not yet thrown the javelin 90 meters and he does not want to make any claims about it yet. Chopra said, “Last year I had said that I would throw the javelin 90 meters but I could throw only 88 meters. This year I don’t want to make any claims, just want to do my best.

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