Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra created headlines when he revealed in an interview that he went for his first throw quickly as he could not spot his javelin but later found that it was in the hands of Pakistani thrower Arshad Nadeem. Chopra went onto throw 87.58m which no other athlete could come close, which fetched him a historic gold medal and first for India at Olympics in Athletics.
On Thursday, Chopra posted a video where he expressed his anger on the reactions which people have put on this incident. Its worth mentioning that people on social media have been accusing Nadeem of tampering the javelin and comparing them to in-famous ball tampering incident of Pakistani cricketers, especially that of Shahid Afridi.
Social media mavericks have accused Nadeem of cheating and they have also come up with cuss words for the Khanewal born thrower who finished 5th at Tokyo Olympics and is an Asian games bronze medallist.
Chopra said in the video that people should stop spreading their propaganda’s and know the rule of the sport before they comment anything. He further added that sports teaches us to unite but the reactions of the people have been disappointing.
“A big issue has been made over my remarks in an interview. All the personal javelins are kept in one place, where any thrower can use it, this is the rule. There was nothing wrong with him (Arshad Nadeem) taking my javelin and preparing for his throw. Before my throw, I asked him for it. I’m sad that a big issue is being made out of my comments. I request everyone not to do this,” Neeraj said in the video.
“I would request everyone to please not use me and my comments as a medium to further your vested interests and propaganda. Sports teaches us to be together and united. I’m extremely disappointed to see some of the reactions from the public on my recent comments,” he added.
The rule of sport says that any player can use the javelin of another player and there is no problem in that.
Watch the video
मेरी आप सभी से विनती है की मेरे comments को अपने गंदे एजेंडा को आगे बढ़ाने का माध्यम न बनाए। Sports हम सबको एकजूट होकर साथ रहना सिखाता हैं और कमेंट करने से पहले खेल के रूल्स जानना जरूरी होता है 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/RLv96FZTd2
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) August 26, 2021