Indian javelin thrower, Neeraj Chopra, will be in the spotlight at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics at the end of July. He is the beacon of hope for the country to end it’s long wait to bring home a track and field Olympic medal.
Currently ranked 2nd in the world based on performance, Chopra came to global limelight after his thunderous world junior record at the 2016 IAAF U20 World Championships in Poland. He has not only been ruling the national javelin throw scene ever since then but has also proved himself to be a fatal threat to his experienced international competitors.
The 23-year-old kick started his 2021 season with his European tour. The star bagged gold medals in Lisbon and at Karlstad GP. Chopra continued his habit of having podium finishes at the Kuortane Games, clinching a bronze against the likes of some of the top throwers.
While the Indian icon is sure to have a bright future, here’s taking a look at the wind beneath his wings: his parents.
The pillars of strength behind Neeraj Chopra, the sporting star
Neeraj Chopra might be one of the top stars in the international javelin throw circuit today, but the athlete had humble beginnings.
Born in Khandra village in Panipat district of Haryana, Chopra comes from a farming family led by his parents, Satish and Saroj Devi. According to his uncle, Bhimsen Chopra, the Asian Games gold medallist is the eldest son of their huge joint family. “There was nothing related to sports in the beginning as there was no sporting environment in the village and in my family,” Neeraj Chopra told NNIS Sports News in 2018.
According to Chopra himself, he went to the stadium for fitness and saw his seniors and friends throwing and that’s how his journey started. When the thrower won the gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, his family distributed sweets in his village. “I feel good that I am able to do something for my family, for my country. It is something to be very proud of for anyone,” Chopra added in the 2018 interview.
His father Satish Chopra thanked everyone for showering his son with blessings. “I treat him as the son of the country. We have given him birth and brought him up but the wishes and blessings of the country that is with him is more than us. We are proud of him and the whole country is proud of him. We thank everyone,” he said.
Neeraj Chopra will now be competing on the most glorious sporting stage in the world, carrying hopes of every Indian to bring home the country’s first athletics Olympic medal.