The year 2023 has been very challenging for India’s Olympic and World Champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra as he competed throughout the year with a groin injury.
But it also taught him an important lesson — how to manage injury and compete at the highest level. This year Neeraj Chopra missed a few meets but participated and won the biggest one, the World Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary where he won his first gold medal in World Championship.
“The year was definitely a challenging one for me as I struggled with a groin problem throughout. But I have learnt how to manage my injury, how to manage my body and how to get ready for major events. As an athlete, I have to be ready for an injury, we participate with some niggle every time. But this year I have learned that I have to be ready to face every situation, for every challenge and do my best in this situation. These are the things I have learnt this year,” Chopra told the visiting media at the Asian Games Athletics Village in Hangzhou on Saturday.