“I did not get good international competitions when I wanted and there had to be several changes in training and competition schedule.”

Touted as one among India’s strongest bets for an Olympic medal, star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Sunday mentioned his build-up to the Video games has been fairly difficult given the dearth of aggressive publicity however he’s attempting to remain constructive for the massive occasion.

Chopra mentioned he has missed the “natural feeling” of being in a world-class area, apart from one event, within the run as much as the Video games which open on July 23.

That one time was the Kuortane Video games occasion in Finland on June 26 the place he gained a bronze with a efficiency of 86.79m in a star-studded area comprising, amongst others, Olympics gold favourite German Johannes Vetter, who gained the occasion with an enormous throw of 93.59m.

“I had a new experience in Finland. During the run-up, I felt the real experience of a top-level competition, the kind of natural feeling which gives you the best performance that comes after you take part a lot of world class events,” Chopra said from his training base at Upsala , Sweden during an online interaction.

“For me, that was the only time,” he added.

Speaking in regards to the challenges that got here with the restrictions that got here into drive due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chopra mentioned he has tried to remain constructive nonetheless.

“I did not get good international competitions when I wanted and there had to be several changes in training and competition schedule.

“But, I am in positive frame of mind because a lot depends on the performance of the day. I am just hoping to give my best and realize my dream of winning a gold for the country.” Chopra, who has pulled out of the June 13 Diamond League at Gateshead attributable to visa points, has taken half in solely three worldwide occasions since June 10.

He will not take part in competitions anymore earlier than touring to Tokyo on July 26.

“Getting the UK visa (to take part at Gateshead) was difficult for Indians due to COVID-19 situation in India. So, I decided to miss the Diamond League. There is no time for competition now.

“I can have some intensity training for another week. After that I will have light training.” He mentioned he was specializing in bettering his approach.

“The performance in Finland was also not my best, there were technical issues, the height of the javelin was an issue. My javelin could not reach the venue that day and I could not use it. I had to use another javelin.

“At the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, the height of the javelin was an issue though I won gold in both. I am working on reducing the height of the javelin so that it can cover more distance.”


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