The 23-year-old Neeraj Chopra from Panipat won the Men’s Javelin Gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and became the first Indian track and field athlete and made his way through to become an Olympic champion.
In an interview, expressing his joy he said that he slept with the medal near his pillow and was happy and tired which got him a good sleep.
The victory has not only won India pride, it has also positively affected his professional journey.
Neeraj Chopra likely to get promoted
A senior Army officer said that Subedar Chopra was enrolled in four Rajpurata Rifles as a direct-entry naib subedar (junior commissioned officer) in May 2016 and would definitely get a promotion as per the existing rules. A final call would be taken in the next few days.
Government’s role on Neeraj Chopra’s Tokyo Olympics preparations
As per a document shared by the Sports Authority of India, Government spent Rs 4.85 crores on Neeraj for his training and competitions overseas. He participated in 26 competitions in the current Olympics cycle and also took training camps in South Africa, Poland, Turkey, Finland, Czech Republic and Sweden.
As per the document, four javelins have been procured for Neeraj at the cost of Rs 4,35,000. Neeraj set up an Olympics preparatory camp in Sweden for 50 days in order to compete in European tournaments before flying to Tokyo on which 19.22 lakh was spent.