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Report: Neeraj Chopra to train in South Africa, Mathias Boe’s tenure extended in build up to Paris Olympics

Published at :December 2, 2023 at 9:40 PM
Modified at :February 18, 2024 at 8:51 AM
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Tejaswin Shankar’s proposal to train in the United States has also received approval from the MOC.

Reigning World, Olympics and Asian champion, Neeraj Chopra, will train in South Africa as he prepares to defend his Tokyo gold medal at Paris Olympics 2024. Chopra, who successfully defended his Asian Games title in Hangzhou this October, will hope to repeat the feat at Paris that will make him the first-ever Indian to win more than one individual gold medal at the Olympics.

According to a report in Times on India, Chopra has set his sights on a rigorous training program at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Facilitated under the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) esteemed Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), this training stint is a crucial part of Chopra’s preparation strategy.

Commencing on December 5, 2023, and extending until February 29, 2024, this focused training period aims to sharpen Chopra’s competitive edge as he prepares to face global adversaries on the Olympic stage. Accompanying Neeraj Chopra on this pivotal journey are two vital members of his support team: his coach, Dr. Klaus Bartonietz, and the adept physiotherapist Ishaan Marwaha.

Meanwhile, the report also added Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) has given the green light to extend Mathias Boe’s tenure as India’s doubles badminton coach for an additional 10 months.

Boe, who has been instrumental in shaping the World No. 1 doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, will continue to contribute to Indian badminton until August 15, 2024. Under his tutelage, the duo has not only climbed to the top of the world rankings but also bagged victories at prestigious events like the Indonesia Open Super 1000, the Thomas Cup, the BWF World Championships, and secured India’s first-ever gold at the Asian Games in Hangzhou.

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In addition to these developments, the MOC has sanctioned financial aid of Rs 18.8 lakh for Tokyo Olympics silver medallist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, the national daily said.

This funding will be allocated towards the acquisition of biomechanical equipment, which will play a crucial role in monitoring her training progress and rehabilitation. Furthermore, high-jumper Tejaswin Shankar’s proposal to train in the United States from December 15 to May 15 has received approval from the MOC.

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