India’s gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, Neeraj Chopra was honoured by Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday. The ace javelin thrower was rewarded for his historic feat of winning the nation’s first-ever Olympic medal in track and field events.
Apart from the prize money of INR 1 crore, Chopra also received a special CSK jersey with 8758 printed on the back, depicting his iconic 87.58m medal-winning javelin throw.
“The entire nation is proud of Neeraj for his stupendous achievement. By becoming the first Indian to win a medal (gold) in track and field, he has set a benchmark.
“He is an inspiration for the next generation. 87.58 is a number that will forever be etched in Indian sporting history and it’s an honour for us to present this special jersey to Neeraj. We wish he brings more glory to the nation,” CSK CEO K S Viswanathan said during the ceremony.
“Thank you so much for your support and for the prize. It feels good. I never thought that I’ll get so much love after winning gold. It was completely unexpected and it feels good. Hopefully, I’ll work hard and get good results,” Chopra said upon receiving the special award from this year’s title-winning IPL franchise.
Mahindra delivers XUV700 Javelin Gold edition to Neeraj Chopra
Apart from a heart-warming felicitation from the Chennai-based IPL team, Neeraj Chopra also received the special XUV700 Javelin Gold edition from Mahindra. India’s latest sporting sensation was presented with a personalised model of the SUV to honour his feat at the Tokyo Olympics. The new XUV700 Javelin Edition honours the Olympic gold medalist with a special paint livery.
Neeraj Chopra took to Twitter to share a picture of his new ride. The special edition could be seen adorning the distance of his throw which won him the gold medal. “Thank you @anandmahindra ji for the new set of wheels with some very special customisation! I’m looking forward to taking the car out for a spin very soon,” he wrote.