Neeraj Chopra, the No. 1 javelin thrower in the world, is expected to compete in the sixth stage of the Wanda Diamond League in Lausanne on June 30 after recuperating from a muscle issue. Although the defending Olympic champion has not yet made any official announcement, the Indian will compete in the month-end event, according to the competition's official website.
Last month, Chopra posted on Twitter that he had pulled out of the FBK Games in the Netherlands (June 4) and the Paavo Nurmi meet in Finland (June 13) due to a muscle strain he had experienced while training. On June 27, he is also expected to compete in a competition at the Golden Spike Ostrava in the Czech Republic, although an official announcement is yet awaited.
The 25-year-old got a perfect start to the season by winning the Doha Diamond League on May 5 with a throw of 88.67 metres. Along with the Diamond League Finals and the Asian Games, there are also the World Championships (August 19–27) in Budapest, Hungary, which are the main competitions this year.
Neeraj Chopra now holds the lead with eight points in the men's javelin throw standings for the Diamond League 2023 thanks to his success at the Doha Diamond League. Last year, Neeraj won the Lausanne Diamond League with a noteworthy throw of 89.08m. At the Stockholm Diamond League in 2022, he set a new personal record with a throw of 89.94m. The Diamond League 2023 championship final will take place on September 16–17 in Eugene, USA.