Reported by Navneet Singh
Neeraj Chopra, India’s hopes for a medal at the men’s Olympic javelin throw, seems questionable for the Quartan Games this month due to travel restrictions imposed by the Finnish government on Indian visitors.
The Kuortane Games is a one-day athletics event scheduled for June 26.
“It seems doubtful that Chopra does not have the approval of the Finnish government to travel to Quartan, although he will compete in the Karlstad Grand Prix in Sweden on June 22,” a source told IANS.
Chopra, the 2018 Asian Games champion in Jakarta, received a visa to travel to France last week.
“It will be based in northern France in Livin for two weeks and will be subject to a 10-day quarantine mandatory for Indians. But it is uncertain whether it will receive a two-hour window a day to train outdoors during of quarantine, “the source added.
Chopra, 23, is expected to leave for a European training competition this week. He will be accompanied by foreign coach Klaus Bartoniec and physio Isan Marouaha.
“As the situation is changing rapidly, it is uncertain how many races Chopra will be able to compete in after the quarantine period,” said a coach familiar with the development.
In March, Chopra improved his national record to 88.07 meters during an internal meeting in Patiala.
In January 2020, the national champion with a throw of 87.86 m improved his qualification rating at the Olympic Games in Tokyo by 85 m at the South African domestic tournament in Potchefstrum.
He has not competed in any international competitions since then due to the pandemic.