Neeraj Chopra stated he has fond recollections of Bhubaneswar.© AFP
The group of elite javelin throwers together with Neeraj Chopra, Shivpal Singh and Annu Rani led by coaches Uwe Hohn and Dr Klaus arrived in Bhubaneswar on Thursday to coach and put together for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2021. Rajinder Singh and Rohit Yadav are the opposite members of the Indian group which is able to start coaching from Friday on the Kalinga Stadium and can proceed until the tip of the month. Fondly remembering his expertise within the metropolis through the Asian Athletics Championships 2017, the place he gained gold, star javelin thrower, Neeraj Chopra shared, “We are here for the training camp and prior in 2017, I won gold here and have fond memories of the event and the city. We are a team of five athletes and we will commence our training in full swing. With our best efforts, we are hoping to do well at the Olympics and bringing fame for the country.”
Secretary Sports, Odisha, Vishal Okay Dev, stated, “Kalinga Stadium that was recently upgraded as per FIFA standards, to host the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup 2020, will host the Camp for the first time, and we are happy that the Athletic Federation of India chosen Bhubaneswar as the base for the elite Javelin Throw Group, to train for the upcoming Olympic event, This is an important stage and we will extend every support to the team.”
“The javelin throwers will have access to both our grounds, infrastructure and facilities within the stadium,” he added.
Safety of squad being precedence, detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been ready for the resumption of the group coaching, which lays down quite a few COVID-19 protocols and tips in an exhaustive method.
The group have shifted base from NIS Patiala to Bhubaneswar attributable to problem in coaching due to extreme chilly circumstances in Punjab.
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