CWG 2022: Neeraj’s friendship with this Pakistani player seems to be very deep. Both keep talking to each other during the tournament.
Neeraj Chopra may not be participating in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, but his name is on every athlete’s tongue. Pakistan’s javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem says he will miss competing against India’s Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra at the Commonwealth Games here as they are part of “one” family.
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Neeraj had won a historic silver at the World Championships last month with a throw of 88.13m in which Arshad finished fifth, though he became the first Pakistani to qualify for the finals. While Neeraj decided to pull out of the Commonwealth Games due to a ‘groin strain’, Arshad is expected to be on the podium with Grenada’s Anderson Peters.
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Arshad Nadeem on Neeraj Chopra
Arshad said, “He is a good person. You keep a little ‘reserve’ in the beginning. When you get to know each other, you start opening up. ‘ He said, ‘We have a very good friendship. I hope he continues to perform for India and I keep doing good for my country. We are both impressed. We are like a family.”
Arshad’s fifth-place finish at the World Championships can be called a good performance as he has made a comeback from injury after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He still has this elbow injury. The 25-year-old said, “After the Tokyo Olympics, I took part in the World Championship after a long gap, I am feeling good about my sport. I still have an elbow injury and it is undergoing treatment.
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Neeraj’s Olympic gold medal made him an overnight star in the eyes of the entire nation. Arshad has a long way to go to reach there but he says he is getting a lot of support from his government as well. Arshad said, “The way Neeraj bhai is getting fame in your country, I have got a lot of support from my government and people. I am thankful for this.
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