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Honouring Olympian Neeraj Chopra, August 7 to be celebrated as 'Javelin Throw Day'

A day after the Olympic contingent arrived in Delhi, the Athletic Federation of India has announced that henceforth, August 7th will be observed as 'Javelin Throw Day'. This is being done as a mark of respect to the Olympic Gold medal winner Neeraj Chopra, says the Athletic Federation.

Honouring Olympian Neeraj Chopra, August 7 to be celebrated as Javelin Throw Day-ycb
Bengaluru, First Published Aug 10, 2021, 6:33 PM IST

As a mark of respect to the athlete and Olympic Gold medal winner Neeraj Chopra, the Athletic Federation Of India (AFI) has announced that henceforth August 7th will be known as Javelin Throw Day.

The Olympian's 87.58 meters throw that won Gold medal to India on August 7 in Tokyo will also witness an event like National Javelin Throw from next year to recall the winning Gold for India at an international event like Olympic Games.

The announcement was made by Athletics Federation of India's Planning Committee's Chairman Lalit Bhanot.

Prior to Chopra, it was shooter Abhinav Bindra who won gold for India in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

It is said that the 23-year-old son of a farmer has already shown his arm power when he won gold Asian Games and Commonwealth Games gold in 2018.

However, he suffered an injury and it took time for him to recover.

The Olympian with his swag has now earned more followers on social media and various state governments have offered him a monetary reward and Haryana state from where he comes has not just announced Rs 6 cr but also offered a Class I job.

Meanwhile, a number of private individuals and firms have also announced rewards to Neeraj Chopra. Interestingly, among them is a Gujarat based petrol bunk owner Ayub Pathan announcing free petrol worth Rs 501 for those vehicle owners who share a similar name as Neeraj. 

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