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Not injured, withdrawal from Golden Spike meet a precautionary transfer, Neeraj Chopra clarifies


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Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Might 26 clarified that he’s not injured however has pulled out of the Ostrava Golden Spike meet in Czech Republic on Might 28 as a precautionary measure after he felt “one thing” on his adductor muscle groups throughout a current coaching session.

Chopra mentioned he wouldn’t need to threat damage in an Olympic 12 months and therefore determined to skip the distinguished meet.

“Following a current throwing session, I made a decision to not compete in Ostrava as I felt one thing in my adductor. I’ve had issues with it prior to now and pushing it at this stage can result in damage,” Chopra wrote on his Instagram.

“Simply to make clear, I’m not injured however I do not need to take any threat throughout the Olympic 12 months so needed to take this choice. As soon as I really feel it is absolutely recovered, I’ll get again to competitions,” he added.

Chopra’s clarification got here simply hours after the organisers of the distinguished meet mentioned he has determined to skip the occasion on account of an damage he sustained whereas coaching two weeks in the past.

“Attributable to an damage that he sustained in coaching two weeks in the past (adductor muscle) he won’t be able to throw in Ostrava, however he’ll arrive on the occasion as a visitor,” the organisers of Golden Spike mentioned earlier within the day.

The 16-year-old world champion will, nevertheless, attend the meet as a visitor, in accordance with the organisers.

This was to be Chopra’s first foray in Golden Spike meet, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold stage occasion, which is a going to see a star-studded discipline, with Tokyo Olympics silver medallist and 2023 world championships bronze winner Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic and former world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada set to be in motion.

Chopra has competed in two competitions this season — the Doha Diamond League and the Federation Cup.

He commenced his 2024 season on a powerful observe, clinching silver with a powerful throw of 88.36 metres on the Doha Diamond League on Might 10.

He then made a return to home competitors after nearly three years, successful gold within the Federation Cup on Might 15 with a throw of 82.27m, pushing DP Manu to second spot in Bhubaneswar.

The Golden Spike was not initially introduced to be Chopra’s third competitors of the season. However throughout Doha Diamond League on Might 10, he mentioned he can be competing within the Golden Spike.

Earlier than that, Chopra had introduced that he can be participating within the Paavo Nurmi Video games in Turku, Finland on June 18.

Chopra is one among India’s greatest medal hopes within the Paris Olympic Video games the place he can be eager to retain the gold medal he received on the Tokyo Olympics.

The Golden Spike organisers mentioned they’d acquired a observe from Chopra informing them about his pull out from the competitors.

“The organisers did observe a message from the Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra.” European champion, Germany’s Julian Weber, would be the alternative for Chopra.

“The absolute best alternative was managed by the organisers. European champion Julian Weber from Germany, who threw 88.37 on Friday, the third greatest efficiency of the 12 months, will come to Ostrava. It is going to be an enormous take a look at for Jakub Vadlejch earlier than the EC in Rome,” the assertion added.

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