By India Today Sports Desk: Olympic Champion and World No.1 Neeraj Chopra has revealed that he has sustained a muscle strain during training and had decided to withdraw from the FBK Games in Hengelo.
Neeraj etched his name in the history books after becoming the first Indian to attain the world number 1 ranking in the men's javelin discipline on Monday, 22 May.
Neeraj's stellar run began with his historic gold medal win at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, where he became the first Indian athlete to claim Olympic gold in athletics. His remarkable throw of 87.58 meters propelled him to the win.
Neeraj continued his dominant form in subsequent competitions. At the Diamond League in Zurich, he showcased his prowess once again by clinching the gold medal with a commanding throw of 89.63 meters.
The 25-year-old went to top of the ranking after his win at the Doha Diamond League event.
However, Neeraj has now revealed that he has suffered a setback while training and he revealed via social media that it was a muscle strain.
The 25-year-old revealed that, following a medical evaluation, he and his team decided to avoid any risks of aggravating the injury. Neeraj revealed that he would be forced to withdraw from the FBK Games in Hengelo.
The World No.1 assured his fans that he is on the road to recovery and is aiming to return to the track in June.
"Injuries are part of the journey, but it's never easy. Recently, I sustained a muscle strain during my training. Following a medical evaluation, me and my team have decided to avoid any risks which can aggravate the injury."
"Unfortunately, it means that I have to withdraw from the FBK Games, in Hengelo. Wishing the organisers and the tournament all the success. I'm on the road to recovery and will aim to be back in the track in June. Thank you for all your support," said Neeraj in his statement.
Neeraj had to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games last year due to a groin injury.