In what could be a body blow to India’s hopes for a decent finish at the upcoming Asian Athletics Championship, ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, has been ruled out of the event. If that was not enough, there are also reports that he is also doubtful for the IAAF Diamond League which is slated to take place in May and June.
Chopra injured his elbow during a practice session and will not be able to return to competition anytime soon. “It will take another week to assess whether he needs surgery or active rest to recover from elbow injury he sustained last week during a training session at Patiala,” said, Uwe Hohn, chief national coach.
The German coach was of the opinion that there are still two options for the star thrower, either go for surgery or recover through rehabilitation. He has consulted medical experts in Chandigarh but will only decide on it after a second opinion.
As a result, Neeraj will skip the Doha Asian Championship which starts from April 21. He could also miss premier international events like the Diamond League in May and June as the injury will take time to recover. He has not participated in the National Javelin Throw Championship which is taking place in Sonipat, Haryana.
The year 2019 is yet to see Neeraj turn out for competitive throwing as he missed the Federation Cup held in March 15-18 at Patiala. It also acted as a qualifying event for the Asian meet. The Asian Championship in Doha was supposed to be his first international assignment of the year.
Neeraj was well on track to surpass his personal best of 88.06m, a national record, he set last year on his way to winning the Asian Games title in Jakarta. The Haryana-based athlete was training in South Africa to prepare for the Asian meet and thus he was exempted from the Federation cup too.
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