Neeraj Chopra’s soaring javelin earned India their first Olympic gold in athletics on August 7, the day will now be yearned in the memories of Indian sports fans forever.
Lalit Bhanot, the Chairman of Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) Planning Committee, on Tuesday said they will organize javelin throwing competitions every year on August 7.
“Athletics Federation of India’s planning committee has decided to further promote javelin throwing and will hold competitions every year throughout the country on August 7 as Neeraj Chopra won the gold in Tokyo on this day,” Bhanot said in a felicitation program organised for Neeraj Chopra by the AFI.
India’s long and contemplating wait for a first Olympic athletics gold medal ended on August 7 when Neeraj Chopra, the son of a farmer had scripted the history and won the men’s javelin at the Tokyo Games.
He threw the javelin to a distance of 87.58m to end India’s medal shortage in athletics at the Olympics, which was enough to give him the lead.
Meanwhile, Chopra went on to win the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold in 2018 before an injury to his throwing arm and the Covid-19 pandemic kept him sidelined for nearly two years.