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NEW DELHI: In a big setback to Indias medal hopes at the CWG, Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra was on Tuesday ruled out of the Birmingham Games due to a groin injury, Indian Olympic Associations (IOA) secretary general Rajeev Mehta informed in a statement.Neeraj had picked up the injury during the recently-concluded World Athletics Championships in USAs Eugene, where he had created history by becoming only the second Indian and first male track and field athlete to win a medal -- a silver -- at the Worlds. In the process, he ended the Indian athletics 19-year-long wait for a second medal at the Worlds after long jumper Anju Bobby Georges bronze in Paris in 2003.
CWG 2022: Indias ace javelin thrower and Tokyo Olympics gold medal winner Neeraj Chopra will miss the Commonwealth Games 2022 being held in Birmingham. It is being reported that Neeraj is missing out on the quadrennial event because of a thigh injury that he sustained during World Athletics Championships 2022.
"He (Neeraj Chopra) is not fit as he got injured in the finals of the World Athletics Championships. He informed us about this," Rajeev Mehta, IOA Secretary General, told ANI confirming the omission of Indias star athlete from CWG 2022.
Neeraj Chopra was the current defending champion of the Commonwealth Games javelin throw event. He had won the gold in the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
His biomechanics expert, Dr Klaus Bartonietz and physio Ishaan Marwaha. "Team India javelin thrower Neeraj 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. Following his participation in the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Mr. Chopra had an MRI scan done on Monday and, based on it, he has been advised a months rest by his medical team," Mehta informed.
Our Olympic Champ @Neeraj_chopra1 will not be defending his title at @birminghamcg22 due to concerns regarding his fitness. We wish him a speedy recovery & are supporting him in these challenging times.#EkIndiaTeamIndia #WeareTeamIndia pic.twitter.com/pPg7SYlrSm— Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) July 26, 2022
The 24-year-old Olympic champion conceded that a call on his participation in the Commonwealth Games would be taken after medical assessments of his injury."... I kept improving my throws throughout, but during the fourth throw, I felt pain in my groin, so I could not give everything in the last couple of throws. But I am happy with what I have done," Neeraj told India Today after scripting history.
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