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Neeraj Chopra pained by controversy surrounding Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem using his javelin at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo Olympics gold-medalist Neeraj Chopra revealed that Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan had his javelin at one point. Immediately, it stirred a controversy, which has not impressed the Indian.

Neeraj Chopra pained by controversy surrounding Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem using his javelin at Tokyo Olympics-ayh
Panipat, First Published Aug 26, 2021, 5:42 PM IST

Neeraj Chopra has earned the respect of millions of Indians following his gold-winning feat during the Tokyo Olympics in the javelin throw category. Meanwhile, he has said something involving Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem that has stirred some controversy.

He had said that right before the start of the finals, Nadeem was using his javelin, as Chopra was unaware of it. Right before the Indian was about to throw his first shot, he asked for his javelin, which the Pakistani willingly returned.

However, it seems like some of the Indians have taken it wrong and have stirred controversy. Naturally, it has not gone down well with Chopra, who is pained by the incident and has cleared the air.

"I would request everyone to please not use me and my comments as a medium to further your vested interests and propaganda. Sports teaches us to be together and united. I'm extremely disappointed to see some of the reactions from the public on my recent comments," he wrote on Twitter.

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In a video posted by him on the same thread, he says, "Hello everyone. Firstly, thank you to all for your support, wishes and love. I feel really great. Also, I would like to say that there has been propaganda recently for my comments during an interview that Pakistan's Nadeem was using my javelin."

"He was simply preparing with my javelin, and he returned it when I asked for it. It is a simple issue. We all bring our personal javelins and keep them while any of the participating athletes can prepare with them. It's a general rule, and nothing's wrong in it," he continued.

"I am pained by the fact that it has been made a big issue using my name. I request all not to do this. Sports teaches us to walk together, and we stay in it together. So, please don't create a fuss that hurts us in the process. Thank you," he concluded.

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