Commonwealth Games: Injured Indian Olympic javelin champion Chopra out

Neeraj Chopra made history for India when he became the country's first Olympic athletics gold medallist in Tokyo. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's Olympic javelin champion Neeraj Chopra has been ruled out of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with injury, the country's sports authorities said on Tuesday (July 26).

"Chopra had called me earlier today from the US to convey his inability to take part in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games owing to fitness concerns," Indian Olympic Association secretary-general Rajeev Mehta said in a statement.

"Following his participation in the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Mr Chopra had had an MRI scan done on Monday and, based on it, he has been advised a month's rest by his medical team."

The Commonwealth Games start on Thursday in the central English city.

Chopra, 24, made history for his country when he won the javelin at last summer's Tokyo Games, becoming India's first Olympic athletics gold medallist.

He followed that up with silver at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon at the weekend.

The Indian media quoted him as complaining afterwards about "discomfort" in his thigh.

Chopra threw farther than he did in Tokyo and declared himself "satisfied" with second place behind Grenada's Anderson Peters, who retained his title with a throw of 90.54m.

"The hunger for gold will continue in me," the Indian media reported Chopra as saying.

"But I have to believe we cannot get gold each time."

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