Updated: Wed, 27 Jul 2022 06:19 PM IST
A day after missing out on the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2022, Neeraj Chopra, the Tokyo Olympics gold medallist, said he was extremely disappointed for not being able to defend his title at the mega event. Neeraj, who won a historic silver medal at the recently-held World Athletics Championships, will not be able to take part in Birmingham 2022 due to a groin injury.
Taking to Instagram, Neeraj shared a heartfelt letter and wrote, "I had been feeling uncomfortable after the pull I felt in my groin during my fourth throw at the World Championships. On having it investigated medically yesterday by a group of doctors here in the US, a minor strain was discovered and It has been advised to undergo rehabilitation and give it rest for the next few weeks."
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The Olympian added that he discussed the issue with his support team and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the decision was collectively taken keeping his long-term goals in mind.
"Needless to say, I am hurt about not being able to defend my title and missing out on another opportunity to represent the nation. I am especially disappointed about losing out to be team India's flag bearer at the ceremony an honour I was looking forward to having in a few day's time. " Chopra expressed hope to be back in action soon.
He also urged his fellow Indians to support and cheer the other athletes who are currently participating in the Commonwealth Games at Birmingham.
For the unacquainted, Neeraj had won the javelin throw gold medal at Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. He also became the first Indian javelin thrower to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal and the fourth Indian to win an athletics title. He recently bettered his own national record at the World Championships.