‘I am very sad and disappointed on missing out Commonwealth Games’: Neeraj Chopra posts emotional message

Xtra Time Web Desk: Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra is sad and disappointed on missing the Commonwealth Games 2022 due to an injury. Neeraj sustained a groin injury during the recently concluded World Athletics Championships in Oregon due to which he had to withdraw from the Birmingham Games.

Neeraj was the defending champion, having won gold at Gold Coast in 2018. In an emotional post on Twitter, Neeraj said, “I’m extremely disappointed to inform you all that I will not be able to represent the country at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.”

“I had been feeling uncomfortable after the pull I felt in my groin during my fourth throw at the World Championships.”

“On having it investigated medically yesterday by a group of doctors here in the US, a minor strain was discovered and I have been advised to undergo rehabilitation and give it rest for the next few weeks,” he wrote.

 “I have discussed this with my support team and the IOA, AFI, and SAI’s CAIMS, and we’ve collectively decided that keeping my long-term goals in mind, it would be best for me to skip the CWG in order to avoid risking any further aggravation of the injury.

“Needless to say, I am hurt about not being able to defend my title and missing out on another opportunity to represent the nation. I am especially disappointed about losing out on the opportunity to be Team India’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony, an honour I was looking forward to having in a few days’ time.”

Neeraj will now be hoping to get fully fit before the Diamond League in Lausanne starting from August 26.