Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra wants to make track and field athletics events more attractive and marketable for Indian fans.
The Tokyo Olympics gold medallist shared his thoughts on the current state of athletics in India, emphasizing the need to showcase more events on TV.
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Chopra highlighted the disappointment faced by fans who stay up late to watch the events but only get to see highlights. He believes that broadcasting more events will increase awareness and interest in athletics.
He expressed these views at the RCB Innovation Lab’s Leaders Meet India.
Chopra also discussed the development of India’s sporting ecosystem and stressed the importance of organizing international competitions in India, similar to other countries with strong athletics traditions.
RCB Innovation Lab aims to bring together international sporting leaders to exchange innovative ideas.
The athlete from Haryana has had a successful year, winning gold medals at the Asian Games and World Athletics Championships.
Chopra believes that hosting international athletics competitions in India could inspire more people and help promote the sport.
“I am hopeful (that) if India can host such competitive events, more people can witness such championships in person and be inspired,” Chopra said.
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He also discussed his preparations for upcoming events and the process of getting back in shape after a break.
“My preparation will begin with removing the excess fat accumulated in the last few days,” he said.
“I had a lot of milk, ghee, churma, and sweets in my hometown while I was there. I tried my best to control it but couldn’t. But I know when I get started with my training I will be able to get rolling in 2-3 weeks time.”