Army chief General MM Naravane met and greeted Neeraj Chopra and his family in the national capital. Subedar Neeraj became the first Indian to win Olympic gold in track and field at the Tokyo Games.
Army chief General MM Naravane met and greeted Subedar Neeraj Chopra at the national capital on Tuesday, a day after the javelin star arrived from Tokyo. Chopra became the first-ever Indian to win a track and field gold at the Olympic Games when won the Men’s Javelin event at Tokyo 2020.
Cash reward for Olympians of Rajputana Rifles
Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, Colonel of Rajputana Rifles felicitated Neeraj Chopra along with wrestler Deepak Punia who had finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics. They were given a cash reward of Rs 6 lakh and Rs 4 lakh, respectively.
“Olympians of Rajputana Rifles / Indian Army, Sub Neeraj Chopra 4 RAJ RIF (Gold Medal) & Sub Deepak Punia 19 RAJ RIF (Semi-Finalist) were felicitated by Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Colonel of Rajputana Rifles. They have presented a cheque of Rs 6 Lacs & 4.55 Lacs respectively,” Lt General Dhillon said in a social media post.
Army Chief MM Naravane complimented Neeraj Chopra for his historic gold-medal winning performance. He also met with the family members of Neeraj, who had travelled to Delhi from Panipat to receive their son.
“General MM Naravane #COAS interacted with Subedar Neeraj Chopra and complimented him for his unparalleled achievement in winning the Gold Medal in #Javelin at the #OlympicGames, #Tokyo2020,” ADGPI Indian Army said in a tweet.
“General MM Naravane #COAS also congratulated the family members of Subedar Neeraj Chopra on his stupendous performance,” it added.
Photos of Neeraj Chopra and his family members meeting General MM Naravane were shared on social media.
Neeraj Chopra is a Subedar in the Army. He had enrolled in 4 Rajputana Rifles as a direct entry Naib Subedar in 2016. He was chosen for training at the Mission Olympics Wing and Army Sports Institute in Pune. Notably, Rajputana Rifles soldiers were seen celebrating Neeraj’s gold-medal winning throw on August 7.
Unlike what we have seen in the past, Neeraj did not seem to feel the pressure of an Olympic final. His swag was intact. In the qualification round, Neeraj sent a warning notice to the rest of the field. He came, he threw 86.64m and packed his bags, and left.
In the final, Neeraj stunned the field with an 87.03m throw in his first attempt. The charged-up India ran down the track for his second attempt, bettering his mark with 87.58m, and raised his arms in delight, knowing he had done something special.
In the end, it turned out to be the winning throw as Neeraj celebrated with the flag-draped around his shoulders at the Olympic Stadium.