On May 29 (Monday), Neeraj Chopra, the Olympic champion confirmed that he has sustained a muscle strain injury during his training session. The 'Golden Boy' of India also confirmed that he is withdrawing from the Fanny Blankers-Koen (FBK) Games, scheduled to happen on June 4 in Hengelo, the Netherlands.
The Khandra-born athlete went on to say that he is on the road to recovery and aims to be back on the track in June.
Notably, Neeraj Chopra made his return to international javelin throw competitions on May 6 after an eight-month long injury layoff to win the first Diamond League meet of the year in Doha, Qatar with an 88.67m effort. But earlier today, he took to Twitter, to break the news regarding his muscle strain with a tweet, which read, “Will be back soon.”
The 25-year-old accompanied it with a statement, “Injuries are part of the journey, but it’s never easy. Recently, I sustained a muscle strain during my training. Following a medical evaluation, me and my team have decided to avoid any risks which can aggravate the injury. Unfortunately, it means that I have to withdraw from FBK Games in Hengelo. Wishing the organisers and the tournament all the success.”
“I am on the road to recovery and will aim to be back on the track in June. Thank you for all your support!” he concluded.
Meanwhile, earlier in the month of May, Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian athlete to achieve a monumental feat of world number 1 ranking in javelin throw. He also became the first Indian world number 1 athlete across all track and field events.