Olympic Gold medallist Neeraj Chopra has issued a message, saying that he is hurt about not being able to defend his crown at the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2022.
On Tuesday, news broke that Chopra will be pulling out of the upcoming event due to an injury, Considered by many to be a medal favorite at CWG, the 24-year-old was also supposed to be India’s flagbearer at the opening ceremony of the event.
In a lengthy statement issued on Twitter, the Indian star opened up on the reason why he will be missing the event in Birmingham and also pinpointed when he sustained the injury.
The 24-year-old said that he had been feeling uncomfortable after the pull he felt in his groin after his fourth throw at the World Championships and after further investigation in the US, it was found that he had sustained a minor strain.
Chopra said that after further discussions with his support staff and the Indian Olympic Association, Athletics Federation Of India and Sports Authority Of India, it was decided that it would be best if he skips the CWG to avoid risking an aggravation of the injury.
The Olympic Gold Medallist went on to say that he is hurt at not being able to defend his crown at the event and disappointed at missing out on the chance to become India’s flagbearer during the opening ceremony.
Chopra went on to say that he will be focusing on his rehabilitation and thanked the entire country for the support he has received. He went on to urge his fans to join him in cheering his fellow Indian athletes at the games.
“Hello everyone, I’m extremely disappointed to inform you all that I will not be able to represent the country at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. I had been feeling uncomfortable after the pull I felt in my groin during my fourth throw at the World Championships. On having it investigated medically yesterday by a group of doctors here in the US, a minor strain was discovered and I have been advised to undergo rehabilitation and give it rest for the next few weeks.”
“I have discussed this with my support team and the IOA, AFI, and SAI’s CAIMS, and we’ve collectively decided that keeping my long-term goals in mind, it would be best for me to skip the CWG in order to avoid risking any further aggravation of the injury. Needless to say, I am hurt about not being able to defend my title and missing out on another opportunity to represent the nation. I am especially disappointed about losing out on the opportunity to be Team India’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony, an honour I was looking forward to having in a few days’ time.”
For now, I will focus on my rehabilitation and hope to be back in action very soon. I would like to thank the entire country for all the love and support I’ve received over the past few days, and urge you all to join me in cheering on my fellow Team India athletes in Birmingham over the coming weeks,” said Chopra.
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) July 26, 2022
Recently, Chopra created history at the World Athletics Championships by becoming the second Indian to secure a medal at the event. With a throw of 88.13 metres, the 24-year-old bagged Silver.
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