Neeraj Chopra, who received gold on the recently-concluded Tokyo Olympics and holds the rank of a Subedar within the Indian Army, has been skilled to combat a distinct battle, mentioned an official of the Indian Army’s Mission Olympics Wing.
“He is a soldier, but not a soldier who has been trained to fight. He is fighting a different battle,” the official mentioned.
Talking about Neeraj Chopra’s choice to the Army, the official mentioned Subedar Kashinath, who bagged a bronze medal at Commonwealth Games in 2010, found the javelin prodigy.
“Subedar Kashinath reported that there is a boy who is throwing over 80 metres. We then reported it to Army Sports Institute (ASI). In January 2016, we approached him and told him about the ASI, and that we will take him in a rank. Normally, the Army doesn’t tend to take. This is how he was taken into the rank of Naik Subedar. It was after his enrollment in the Army in August 2016 that he shot to fame by breaking the junior world record,” he mentioned.
Asked concerning the credit score of Neeraj Chopra’s success, the Mission Olympics wing official mentioned it’s a workforce effort involving Federations, Sports Authority of India, and the place the Indian Army labored silently.
“In Neeraj Chopra’s case, there was a good amount of foreign exposure and foreign training. I think his sponsors, Sports Authority of India and others have done a credible job. The Army worked silently and has been supporting him constantly,” the official added.
16 athletes from the Army represented the Indian contingent in Tokyo Olympics. Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav participated within the Archery occasion and Irfan KT, Sandeep Kumar, Rahul, Gurpreet Singh, sable Avinash, Neeraj Chopra, Arokia Rajiv had been a part of the Athletics contingent.
In the boxing contingent, Satish Kumar, Subedar Amit Pangel, Satish Kumar participated within the Games.
Deepak Punia participated in Wrestling and Vishnu Saravanan in crusing. In the sphere of Rowing, Arvind Singh and Arjun Lal Jat had been from Mission Olympics.
Over 400 potential athletes are coaching underneath the Mission Olympics initiative of the Indian military for the upcoming occasions.
Indian Army Mission Olympics officers additionally hinted in the direction of inducting girls within the initiative and mentioned seven feminine boxers have been recognized.
“We have started scouting for talent. We will send them to ASI,” the officers mentioned.
The subsequent goal of the Mission Olympics shall be Asian Games and Commonwealth Games subsequent 12 months.
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