India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has been ruled out of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, starting this week in Birmingham, due to injury. He was injured during the World Championships in Athletics, which can take at least three weeks to recover. Neeraj Chopra is also disappointed after being expelled from this world tournament and shared his pain on Twitter. He called on compatriots to support Indian players in CWG.
Neeraj Chopra shared a letter in Hindi and English on his Twitter account, in which he wrote: “Hello everyone, I have to tell you all with great sadness that I will not be participating in the Commonwealth Games this time around. I had a bit of discomfort from a strain I felt on the fourth throw of the World Championships and in a review here in the US it turned out to be was a minor injury, for which I was advised a few weeks of rehabilitation.
Neeraj Chopra further wrote, “I have discussed this with my support team and the CAIMS of the IOA, AFI and SAI, and we have collectively decided that, keeping in mind our objectives in the long run it would be best for me to skip the Commonwealth Games so that there is no risk of further injury. I’m hurt that I can’t defend my title and miss another chance to represent the country. To be the flag bearer for the Indian team during the opening ceremony. I am particularly disappointed to miss the opportunity, an honor I was hoping to receive in a few days.
In the letter, the Olympic gold medalist further wrote, “I am sorry that I cannot represent the country at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022. At this stage I will be fully focused on my rehabilitation so that I can try to return to the field soon. I want to thank you all for the love and respect I have received from all compatriots in the past few days. I hope you will all join me in the same way and support all of our country’s players at the Commonwealth Games. I will continue to do so. Jai Hind.