Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will be the flag-bearer for the Indian contingent at the Asian Games opening ceremony to be held on August 18 in Jakarta.Also Read - Tokyo 2020: Meet India's Olympic Medal Hope: Neeraj Chopra
The announcement was made by Narinder Batra, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president, on Friday during the send-off ceremony organised for the Indian contingent. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020: Sachin Tendulkar's Strong Message For Tokyo-Bound Track And Field Athletes, Says 'Go For The Medal'
The 20-year-old Indian from Panipat had first made headlines when he won the gold in the 2016 World Junior Championship with a record throw of 86.48m. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020: India's Top 10 Medal Prospects For The Games
He also won the gold at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year before breaking the national record with an 87.43m effort at the Doha Diamond League, where he finished fourth.
Neeraj had won the gold medal in the Asian Athletic championships in 2017 with a throw of 85.23 meters. He had also bagged a gold in the 2016 IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Former Hockey captain Sardar Singh was India’s flag-bearer at the 2014 Asian Games. Indian athletes had won 57 medals, comprising 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze medals in the previous edition at Incheon, South Korea.
The Games will be held from August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.
(With PTI inputs)