PUNE: Itching to compete for months, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra finally got some good news as he got the visa to train in France and then compete in Sweden, Czech Republic and Finland .
Chopra obtained a visa from France after the intervention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) and the office of the Prime Minister (PMO). Chopra is expected to leave for Paris on Tuesday.
Chopra, who is India’s biggest hope of winning a track and field medal at the Olympics, had not been granted a visa for Sweden due to Covid-19 restrictions. With less than two months of the Tokyo Games, Chopra’s desperation was only growing as he wanted to compete and check his preparation before the Tokyo Games.
“I was getting desperate and couldn’t get the visa due to the increase in Covid cases in India. Competitions are very important for me to check my level. I really needed to compete before the Tokyo Olympics. I had approached TOPS for the visa, and it was stepped up by the MEA and PMO. I’m grateful to the government for all the help, now it’s my turn to train hard and give my best in Tokyo, ”said Chopra.
“I will first go to Paris and spend 11 days there in quarantine. Once I isolate myself it will be easier for me to enter other European countries as they don’t allow anyone coming directly from India, ”said Chopra, who is in training. to Patiala, said.
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Chopra had improved his own personal best of 88.06m by throwing 88.07m at the Indian Grand Prix in March, which is a new national record now. However, he will have to work hard if he is to challenge Johannes Vetter, Andreas Hofmann, Thomas Rohler (all of Germany) and Magnus Kirt (Estonia), who all have their personal bests in the 90m.