Neeraj Chopra, the gold medalist in the javelin throw at the Tokyo Olympics last year, will compete for the first time today after a 10-month layoff. He talks about his goal and how he plans to achieve it in an exclusive interview.
Question and Answers in Interview
Question: Neeraj Chopra, you’re about to embark on a new chapter in your professional life. You told us last year when I visited your home in Chandra (Sonepat) that you wished to train in the Gloria Sports Arena in Turkey. You’re now training in Finland, where your season’s first competition is scheduled to take place. What differences do you notice in your training between the two locations?
Turkey is also great. In Turkey, the food and training facilities are excellent. However, I chose to travel to Finland because I have two events here and then a tournament in Europe. As a result, it will make it easier for me to go from here to various tournament locations. It cuts down on travel time.
Question: You have stated that preparation is an important part of your training regimen. Now you’re concentrating on certain areas of your game, and are you pleased to learn that several Indian sportsmen have begun to throw over 80 meters?
My squad has prepared for the World Championships and Commonwealth Games. I’ll be competing in more than a half-dozen competitions. But I want to do well, particularly in these two major competitions. In order to compete in all of these tournaments, I need to be physically fit. To me, this is the most crucial factor.
Question: You’ve established a new partnership with YouTube Shorts and a new type of #Javrun challenge. Many others, including Bollywood diva Shehnaz, appear to be enjoying the challenge, including the great Khali, Team India’s batter Shreyas Iyer, and many others.
I’m looking forward to seeing them all. Their run has a javelin feel about it. They’re having a good time while marketing the game. Shreyas Iyer runs with his bat, while others do it in their own distinctive style. I’m hoping that this will be seen by a large number of people and that the game will profit as a result.
So, what are your goals for the eight major tournaments that are coming up?
In these competitions, I want to be consistent. This year, I want to give it my all and get the best possible outcomes. I’m not sure when or where it’ll happen. But I want to keep my fitness and attain my goals. I’m getting close to 90 meters, so if I can get there, I’ll be overjoyed. 90 meters is unquestionably a barrier that I would like to overcome and be satisfied with. I also want to be a member of the top club of javelin throwers who can throw 90 meters or more. I’ve put in a lot of effort and am hoping for the best.
When to watch Neeraj Chopra’s event: Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 9:30 p.m. IST
Where: Helsinki, Finland, Paavo Nurmi Games (World Athletics Continental Tour 2022).
In India, Sports 18 1 and Sports 18 1 HDTV channels are available to watch, as well as live streaming on Voot.