Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra on Thursday appealed to people not to use his Tokyo Olympics anecdote for their “vested interest” and “publicity”. A recently viral video showed Neeraj’s spear in the hands of Pakistan player Arshad Nadeem, shortly before the final of the Tokyo Olympics javelin throw, running towards him to take the district.
Chopra responded to the controversy in a video posted on Twitter, clarifying that Arshad’s use of Neeraj’s spear for practice was not against any rules.
Neeraj also shared a video on his official Twitter account. In its caption, he wrote, “I request all of you not to make my comments a means to further your dirty agenda. Sports teaches us all to be united and it is important to know the rules of the game before commenting. “
I request all of you not to make my comments a medium to further your dirty agenda. Sports teaches us all to be united and it is important to know the rules of the game before commenting. pic.twitter.com/RLv96FZTd2
– Neeraj Chopra (Neeraj_chopra1) August 26, 2021
Neeraj earlier explained in detail about this entire incident in an interview to Times of India. Neeraj said that just before his turn in the final he was not getting his spear i.e. Javelin. Chopra further said that later he saw his spear in the hand of Pakistani athlete Arshad Nadeem, who was carrying it.
Neeraj Chopra’s spear was not available before Tokyo Olympics final throw, found with Pakistani player
He told, “The story is that I was looking for my spear at the beginning of the final, I could not find it. Suddenly I saw Arshad Nadeem walking with my spear. Then I told him, brother give me this spear. Two, it’s my spear! I have to throw with it, so he gave it back to me.”
He continued, “That’s why you must have seen me do my first throw quickly!” However, the Olympic gold medalist also heaped praise on Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem and said that he did really well in both the qualifying and final rounds.
Let us inform that in the final, Chopra threw a javelin in the first attempt at a distance of 87.02 meters. He further improved it with a distance of 87.58 meters in his second throw. Chopra became the first Indian to win an athletics gold medal at the Olympics and the second Indian to win an individual gold.
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