Neeraj Chopra, India’s medal favorite for the CWG 2022, will not compete in Birmingham, which is a major setback for India. The champion Javelin thrower will not be defending his title, it has been discovered, because of an injury worry. Neeraj earned a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics after winning the gold at the 2018 CWG in Gold Coast.
Neeraj has been ruled out of the tournament due to a groin ailment, according to the information that is currently available. It’s important to note that India was scheduled to have its flag carried at the opening ceremony on Thursday by an Olympic champion and global silver medalist.
Neeraj Chopra won silver in the men’s javelin event at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday in Eugene, USA.
The Indian Olympics Association posted a statement on social media, saying, “our Olympic Champ @Neeraj_chopra1 will not be defending his title at @birminghamcg22 due to concerns regarding his fitness. We wish him a speedy recovery & are supporting him in these challenging times.”
Neeraj Chopra said that he sustained a groin injury during the 12-man final in Eugene after earning the World Athletics silver medal. The 24-year-old Olympic champion acknowledged that a decision will be made on his participation in the Commonwealth Games after a medical evaluation of his ailment.
Neeraj Chopra sustained a groin injury during the 12-man final
Neeraj Chopra told the IOA, “during the fourth throw at the World Championship, I felt pain in my groin and have to pull-out from CWG 2022”. He underwent an MRI scan the following day and was subsequently advised one-month rest by the doctors.
When winning the silver medal in Saturday’s final, Chopra had stated that after his body had cooled down, he would be able to determine the severity of his injuries. He had made it clear that if the injury required rehabilitation, he wouldn’t take any chances with the CWG.
Neeraj Chopra will now be side-lined for a month as his coaches and physio have advised him to relax. Neeraj placed second in the just completed World Championship, after Anderson Peters of Grenada. Grenada’s gold medalist with a best effort of 90.54 meters.