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'I practiced in Kalinga Stadium before Tokyo Olympics,' recalls Neeraj Chopra during visit to Indoor Athletics Stadium

Published at :May 18, 2024 at 1:30 PM
Modified at :May 18, 2024 at 1:31 PM
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Chopra recently won the gold medal at the Federation Cup 2024.

Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra recently grabbed headlines once more after clinching the gold medal at the Federation Cup 2024, held on Wednesday at Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium. With a remarkable throw of 82.27m, he surpassed his rival, DP Manu, whose best attempt was 82.06m.

Before departing from Bhubaneswar, Chopra toured the newly-constructed Indoor Athletics Stadium at the Kalinga Stadium and commended the facilities provided for athletes. Sports Odisha showcased the event on their official Twitter account, posting photographs of the javelin ace inspecting the stadium and being awarded a memento by Bijayananda Nayak, the Joint Secretary of the Department of Sports and Youth Services, Government of Odisha.

Their tweet read: “Olympic gold medalist @Neeraj_chopra1 visited the Indoor Athletics Stadium at Kalinga Stadium and appreciated the facilities made available for the athletes. Shri Bijayananda Nayak, Joint Secretary of DSYS, presented him with a memento during his visit.”

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Sports Odisha also shared a video in which India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is seen sharing his experience of participating at the Federation Cup 2024. 

Chopra said, “It’s good to be back in Odisha. I practiced in Kalinga Stadium before the last Olympics. Although the temperature over here was a bit high, it was pleasing to compete in India after a long time.”

He even shared a message for the young athletes who are looking to make their name in the field of sports. 

“I would advise the youth to keep working hard, keep themselves fit and should have a good diet regularly. And they need to keep patience which is very important,” he added. 

At the end, the Asian Games gold medalist appreciated the facilities available for the athletes at the venue, as he stated, “When I used to train over here, there was no indoor track. But now, the facilities are quite appreciable and the indoor track is a good initiative which is being maintained well enough. I enjoyed my time over here and next I’m looking forward to the Paris Olympics.”  

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