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Neeraj Chopra Ruled Out Of 2022 Commonwealth Games Due To Injury

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Neeraj Chopra recently won silver at World Athletics Championships.© AFP

Ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has been ruled out of the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham due to injury sustained during the World Athletics Championships, according to a statement by Indian Olympic Association. Neeraj, who won a silver medal with a throw of 88.13 metres on Sunday in Oregon, sustained an injury during his performance at the World Championships and that is why he will not be able to defend his gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

“Team India javelin thrower Mr. Neeraj Chopra had called me earlier today from the US to convey his inability to take part in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games owing to fitness concerns. Following his participation in the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Mr. Chopra had had an MRI scan done on Monday and, based on it, he has been advised a month’s rest by his medical team,” Rajeev Mehta, IOA secretary general said in a statement.

Neeraj is also the reigning Olympic champion,  having won the gold medal at last year’s Tokyo Games.

Neeraj, who had recently won the silver medal at the World Championships in Oregon, had complained about feeling a little discomfort in his thigh after the fourth attempt in the final.


“After the 4th throw, I did feel a bit of discomfort in my thigh, I wasn’t able to put in that much effort. That was on my mind, but I just wanted to make sure I can throw. So I strapped my thigh. Hopefully it will be fine. I will know by morning how it feels or if there is something to worry about,” Neeraj had said.

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