No Neeraj at Na­tional Open Ath­let­ics

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Ranchi: With the Olympics just 10 months away, the Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion of In­dia (AFI) de­cided to pull out In­dia’s big­gest medal hope in ath­let­ics, javelin thrower Neeraj Cho­pra, of the 59th Na­tional Open Ath­letic Cham­pi­onships in Ranchi on Thurs­day.

“Af­ter the evening train­ing ses­sion we took a col­lec­tive de­ci­sion that Neeraj Cho­pra still needs some more time be­fore he can com­pete,” said AFI pres­i­dent Adille Su­mari­walla.

“It’s nat­u­ral for him to be ex­cited to return but we can’t af­ford to lose him for 2020. Though Neeraj’s en­try was made for the Open Na­tion­als, his par­tic­i­pa­tion was al­ways go­ing to be sub­ject to re­view. He will con­tinue to train un­der biome­chan­i­cal ex­pert Dr Klaus Bar­toni­etz,” he added.

The 21-year-old had un­der­gone surgery to re­move bone frag­ments in his right el­bow joint in May this year and has since been in the process of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Neeraj had last par­tic­i­pated at the Ser­vices Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships last Septem­ber and had se­cured a throw of 83.9m. Fel­low javelin throw­ers Shiv­pal Singh and Annu Rani, both of whom failed to put up a good show at World Cham­pi­onships in Doha, are par­tic­i­pat­ing at the cham­pi­onship.

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