On Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem’s Struggle To Buy New Javelin, Neeraj Chopra Says “Hard To Believe”. Gives Advice


Neeraj Chopra and Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem are two of the most talented javelin throwers to emerge from Asia in recent times. In competitions, the pair are known to push each other for greater success. Off the field, he is known for his friendliness and camaraderie. They can be fierce competitors but have a healthy respect for each other. Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem and India's Neeraj Chopra are javelin superstars in their own right and are the epitome of perfect friendship.

Both Arshad Nadeem and Neeraj Chopra are preparing for the upcoming outdoor season. While Chopra is currently training in Turkey, 27-year-old Nadeem has been 'patient' in his preparations. The Pakistani recently said that he has been struggling to acquire an international standard javelin for many years and has been “using it for the last seven to eight years.”

World and current Olympic champion Chopra is quite surprised to hear this.

In an exclusive interaction with SAI media recently, Chopra, who competed with Nadeem at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest last year, said, “It is hard to believe that he is struggling to get a new javelin. Are. Given their credentials, this shouldn't be a big issue at all.”

Arshad Nadeem, who finished second behind Chopra in Budapest, was recently quoted in the media as saying: “Now it has reached the level where the javelin is damaged and I have spoken to the national federation and my coach about this. “I've been asked to do something.” Paris Olympics.

“I got this javelin when I started competing in international competitions in 2015…For an international athlete aiming to win a medal at the Olympic Games, you need proper equipment and training facilities.”

Chopra, whose entire training and international tours are funded by the Indian Sports Ministry's Target Olympic Podium Scheme, believes that Nadeem is the pride of Pakistan and should be supported.

With a throw of 90.18m, Arshad Nadeem had set a new javelin throw record to finish on the top of the podium at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. This ended Pakistan's 60-year wait for a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games.

“It can't be that he (Arshad) doesn't have the means to buy the javelin. He is a champion and might be doing some brand endorsements. I think he might have earned some money as well. But having said that, his government Arshad Can look at the needs of the people and support them like my government is doing.

Chopra said, “Also, Arshad is a top javelin thrower and I believe that javelin manufacturers will be very happy to sponsor him and provide him what he wants. This is a tip from my side.”

If all goes well, the upcoming Paris Olympics could see a strong Asian field in the javelin competition. Chopra and Kishore Jena will lead India while Nadeem, who finished fifth at the Tokyo Olympics, will hope to repeat another 90m-plus throw in Paris and pose a serious threat to a sport usually dominated by Europeans. do.

The Pakistani had a serious elbow operation in Britain in December 2022. Last year, Nadeem had a minor knee operation and missed the Hangzhou Asian Games, where Chopra won the gold medal. The outdoor javelin throw season begins with the Doha stage of the Diamond League in May.

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