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Neeraj Chopra now has an Army sports complex named after him

The announcement was made during the Javelin thrower's visit to his unit 4 Rajputana Rifles on Friday.

Neeraj Chopra now has an Army sports complex named after him
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New Delhi, First Published Oct 30, 2021, 5:32 PM IST
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The Indian Army has named Udaipur Military Station's sports complex in the name of Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra. The development came after the golden boy visited his unit 4 Rajputana Rifles on Friday. Chopra is serving as Subedar in the Indian Army. 

On the occasion, he was felicitated by the Desert Corps General-Officer-Commanding Lt Gen PS Minhas. Informing about the decision, the Southern Commands in a tweet said, "India's Pride Subedar Neeraj Chopra visited his unit 4 Rajputana Rifles and interacted with veterans and families. GOC Desert Corps felicitated the sports star of Indian Army and named sports complex of Udaipur Military Station as Neeraj Chopra Sports complex."

During his stay, Chopra also interacted with veterans and their family members and wished them Happy Diwali in advance. Chopra won a gold medal in the javelin throw at the Summer Olympics 2020, held two months back in Tokyo, Japan. He threw the javelin 87.58 meters in his second attempt. 

Prior to this, the Athletic Federation Of India had announced that henceforth August 7 will be known as Javelin Throw Day. August 7 will also witness an event like National Javelin Throw from next year to recall India's gold-winning moment at an international event like Olympic Games. Athletics Federation of India's Planning Committee Chairman Lalit Bhanot made the announcement. 

The athlete had recently taken to Twitter to express his joy at the surge in interest towards javelin throw at the grassroots level in India. In his Twitter post, Chopra wrote that reading about the growing interest in the sport made him feel happier about winning the Olympic medal. Prior to Chopra, shooter Abhinav Bindra had won the gold medal for India in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Neeraj was among the sports stars recommended by the national sports awards selection committee for the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, the country's highest sporting honour.

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