Neeraj Chopra, the Olympics 2020 gold medalist, has been in the news for some time now. However, this time he is not there for receiving applause from the media but for criticising them for giving him extra attention.
The only gold medalist from India in the 2020 Olympics wanted to appear for the Diamond League this month. However, the numerous interviews after the win has exhausted him. He will not be participating now in the tournament.
Neeraj was looking forward to becoming a competitor at the Diamond League. However, the javelin-thrower fell ill and his training had almost come to a halt after the Olympics.
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Additionally, he mentioned that media attention is essential. But the media should also take care about the practicing sessions of the sportsperson. He added that he was planning to make an appearance in at least 2-3 competitions. Besides, Neeraj also told in the interview that other Olympic competitors are participating in the Diamond League.
Neeraj Chopra is a 23-yeas old athlete from Haryana who has made the country proud by winning the first Indian medal at Olympics in Athletics. While he is getting the attention, he has blamed the media for making heroes out of the winners. He said that we must not be satisfied with winning just one gold medal in the Olympics and must look to win more.
Neeraj also shared his views on the conditions of sports facilities that are made available to the sportspersons. He said that it is good to celebrate success. But we should work even harder to win more medals and become more competitive at the global level.
The attention that the star athlete is getting is worth everything that he has achieved. But his condemnation of the media might be a lesson for how we need to give space to the athletes for proper training. Additionally, people are coming forward and appreciating Neeraj’s stand and saying how he has not led himself into stardom.
The truth is India still has a long way to go when it comes to winning medals. The journey has only started, and according to Neeraj, there is a lot more to strive for.