Neeraj Chopra has become the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in the track and field event. You would be surprised to know that at the age of 11-12, Neeraj Chopra’s weight was 80 kg. Neeraj Chopra, who reached Shivaji Stadium in Panipat for fitness, won the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw final by throwing 87.58 meters on Saturday. Neeraj Chopra has become the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in the track and field event.
According to a news report, Neeraj Chopra had decided to stay away from mobile phones for a year just to focus on his preparations. He kept his mobile switched off and also stayed away from social media. Whenever he wanted to talk to his mother and other family members, he used to make video calls.
You would be surprised to know that at the age of 11-12, Neeraj Chopra’s weight was 80 kg and because of his chubby body, when Neeraj used to go out in the village wearing a robe, the children used to call him ‘Sarpanch’. Neeraj Chopra has now become the second Indian athlete after Abhinav Bindra to win an individual gold. Growing up in Haryana, Neeraj Chopra has been fond of milk and ghee since childhood. But as soon as his weight increased, the people of the house sent him to the field. Reached Shivaji Stadium in Panipat for fitness. Seeing the big boys throwing spears in the field, they also got a passion for the game. When his fitness improved, he tried his hand at javelin throw and his strength and talent were liked by the seniors.
Neeraj Chopra’s farmer family includes 3 uncles apart from his parents. Neeraj Chopra is the eldest of 10 cousins in a family of 19 members living under one roof. After joining the army in 2017, Neeraj said, “We are farmers, no one in the family has a government job.” But now it is a matter of relief that I will continue my practice and will also help the family financially.
After winning the gold medal in javelin throw, Neeraj Chopra has also been showered with prizes. Haryana Chief Minister has announced a reward of Rs 6 crore, class 1 job and a plot at affordable rate for state sportsperson Neeraj Chopra. While the Chief Minister of Punjab has announced to give 2 crore cash to Neeraj. The BCCI and CSK (Chennai Super Kings) have announced a reward of Rs 1 crore each for Neeraj.