Want to be better than before technically: Neeraj Chopra

Star India javelin thrower and Olympic medalist Neeraj Chopra said on Monday that he aims to be technically better than before and has learnt to manage pressure and focus, perform at high-profile events like the Olympics over the years he has spent in his sport. Neeraj will begin his 2023 athletics season on May 5 in the Doha Diamond League. He is the current Diamond League champion. He became the first Indian athlete to win the prized trophy when he won it in September of last year at the finals in Zurich. The Doha leg of the Diamond League, which will be contested at the Suheim bin Hamad Stadium in Qatar, is where the Indian javelin-throwing ace will attempt to defend his title this year. Neeraj Chopra will compete in the Doha, Lausanne, Monaco, and Zurich legs of the 2023 Diamond League season in an effort to qualify for this year’s finals in Eugene, US. High-profile events like the Asian Games, starting from September 23 in China and the World Athletics Championships are also a part of Chopra’s big 2023 season. “Preparation has been really good. We have been focusing on my strength. Now, we are working on the technical aspect and trying to fine-tune things before Doha (Diamond League). This is going to be a long season with the Asian Games in September-October, so I want to make myself technically better than before,” Neeraj Chopra said to the Olympics.com. He is also the current Asian Games champion, having secured a gold medal at the 2018 edition of the games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Neeraj had also won the silver medal at the World Athletics Championships held in Eugene, USA previous year and will be aiming for the gold this time. The 2023 edition of the championship is scheduled to be held in Budapest, Hungary from August 19 to August 27.