The 18 Year Old World Champion Who is Not a Cricketer!

Neeraj Chopra

Sports in India is a lonely battle. In this 1.2 billion people populated country, there is much more than meets the eye. But talent alone cannot win. It has to be nurtured, developed and pushed into an appropriate direction. In India other than cricket, nothing gets attention. Efforts are being made to popularise other sports too, however there is a lot that needs to be done. Several athletes in India loom into darkness even before they hit the headlines. A village boy, former milk selling girl et al are the ones who by their sheer will and power make it to the top – with almost no nutritional, financial or infrastructural support.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, created history by becoming the first Indian athlete world champion at any level. He achieved this remarkable victory by throwing the javelin at a distance of  86.48m at the U-20 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on 20th July 2016. On the win, a very exhilarated Neeraj Chopra said, “When the spear left my hand on that second throw, I had a feeling that this was a special throw. I don’t think I expected it to go over 86 meters but since the last couple of months, I have worked hard on my fitness, my technique and it all paid off today.”

Ofcourse, hardwork pays off and it most certainly must. And for such winning stories to happen, it is important that in India equal opportunity is provided to all kinds of sports. What is your opinion? Is cricket the only game that deserves attention? Vote now. Make your opinion matter by downloading Swipe app today.

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