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Always on my mind: Neeraj Chopra focuses on ‘added responsibility’ to defend his Olympic gold in Paris

Always on my mind: Neeraj Chopra focuses on ‘added responsibility’ to defend his Olympic gold in Paris

Prior to Chopra's 87.58-meter throw at the Tokyo Games in 2020, European competitors had won 15 of the previous 16 gold medals in men's events.

Neeraj Chopra, the reigning world champion and Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 gold medalist, will try to defend his title in the Paris Olympics, which will take place from July 26 to August 11, this year. Chopra’s outdoor season begins on Friday with the Diamond League’s Doha leg, and he will also play in India for the first time in three years, competing in the Federation Cup in Bhubaneshwar from May 12-15.

‘It is all about the mindset with which we train. Always on my mind that I have to defend my gold medal. It is an added responsibility for me. While other comes with the mindset that they will have to win this, my motivation is that I have to win it. For me there is no change as of yet but with the Paris Olympics coming closer I am getting more and more motivated about defending my medal. ‘ said Chopra speaking to NNIS.

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Neeraj Chopra to take part in Diamond League 2024

Neeraj Chopra will hope to make an early season statement ahead of the Paris Olympics 2024, with Asian Games silver medalist Kishore Jena. India’s javelin stars will start their season with fresh ‘belief’ on Friday at the Diamond League 2024 leg in Doha. Chopra, who won the Doha Diamond League last year, wants to participate again for the first time since winning gold at the Asian Games in Hangzhou.

First Competition in Indian soil in 3 year

After competing in the Diamond League, Chopra will go to Bhubaneswar for the Federation Cup athletics event, his first competitive appearance on Indian soil in three years. Neeraj will compete in the 27th National Federation Cup athletics competitions in Odisha, which will take place from May 12 to May 15 at Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium. This will be Chopra’s first domestic competition since the 2021 Federation Cup.

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