Neeraj Chopra will skip the 59th National Open Athletics Championships that gets underway in Ranchi from Thursday. Chopra has been advised to take rest on the advice of his coach and federation officials following an elbow surgery in May this year.Also Read - India Look Forward to be in Top Five Medal Winners in 2022 International Events: IOA
“This is a collective decision by the national coaches, our German experts and federation officials. We don’t think he is competition ready,” Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president Adille Sumariwalla told Sportstar. Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020 Champion Neeraj Chopra Returns to Training After Historic Feat | SEE PICS
The development comes after the ace javelin thrower was cleared to take part in the competition on Tuesday having himself consulted the doctors. ” “I really want to get back to the competition mode. And since this is the last competition of the season, I want to use it to get into that feeling of competition. I have spoken to my doctors and they have said I am okay to compete. I am feeling good. I started training in Patiala a few weeks back and the throws are going well,” he had said. Also Read - Neeraj Chopra, Tokyo Olympics 2020 Gold Medallist, Receives Special Gift From 2008 Beijing Winner Abhinav Bindra
The Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold medalist hasn’t participated in a competition in over a year now. He had also skipped the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 having not recovered from surgery.
The 21-year-old is yet to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics next year.