Neeraj Chopra Returns To Action In Fed Cup, 1st Competition In India After Tokyo Olympics Gold

Neeraj Chopra is set to make his much-anticipated return to competitive action on home soil. The National Federation Cup promises to be a thrilling event, not just for Chopra's return but also for the chance to witness other aspiring Indian athletes including Kishore Kumar Jena, vying for glory on the national stage. Read More

Neeraj Chopra
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Neeraj Chopra. (X)
Neeraj Chopra will return to action on Indian soil for the first time since he won the Tokyo Olympics gold. Chopra will be in action at the 27th National Federation Cup athletics championships in Odisha, which will be held from May 12 to May 15 at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.
With the 2024 Paris Olympics on the horizon, Chopra's return to domestic competition is not only a chance for him to showcase his skills in front of his home crowd but also serves as a crucial stepping stone in his preparation for the upcoming season. Prior to the Fed Cup, Chopra will also be in action at the Doha Diamond League which will be held on May 10.
Earlier, Chopra had spoken about his goals for the Olympic year.
“I want to be in best possible shape before Paris Olympics. My training sessions have gone off really well so far. I always lay stress on fitness along with strength and technique. This is the best I have felt in a long time but I must add that training and competition are not the same. When you wear the India jersey, the feeling is different, the josh (energy) is unbelievable,” he had said to SAI Media.
The Olympic champion had also spoke about breaching the 90-metre mark and said ‘distance doesn’t matter to him.’
“What matters to me is staying 100 per cent fit, being consistent during the season and delivering on the day that matters. I think there are mistakes to fix and looking at the increasing competition all around, one has to keep improving. The road will close if you think you have done it all,” he said.
“I have won medals in two World Championships, threw my personal best (89.94 metres at Stockholm), won a dream Diamond League title and even defended my gold at the Asian Games. All in all, I have been in great space and want to carry forward that momentum from May onwards,” he added.
Chopra last took part in a domestic competition at the same event on March 17, 2021, when he won a gold with a throw of 87.80m.
Since then, Chopra has won a historic gold in the Tokyo Olympics, became Diamond League champion in 2022, world champion in 2023 and defended Asian Games gold in China.
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