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August 7 to be marked as ‘Javelin Throw Day’ to honour Neeraj Chopra

Published: 10th Aug 2021 2:35 pm

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) decided to name August 7 as ‘Javelin Throw Day’ in India to honour Neeraj Chopra’s first historic Olympic gold. The javelin thrower bagged the gold medal in men’s javelin throw at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on August 7.

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AFI’s bid to name August 7 as Javelin Throw Day is an attempt to attract more youth towards the sport. Chairman of AFI Planning Committee Lalit Bhanot said in a bid to promote sport, competitions will be conducted every year throughout India on that day.

The 23-year-old Neeraj is India’s second individual Olympic gold medallist after Abhinav Bindra. The javelin thrower has scripted history at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo when he threw the javelin to a distance of 87.58m to end India’s medal drought in athletics at the Olympics. This is India’s first-ever gold medal in athletics in the history of the Olympics.

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