Big blow for India as Neeraj Chopra, the defending Commonwealth Games champion pulls out of the tournament due to a groin injury. He underwent an MRI scan the following day and was subsequently advised one-month rest by the doctors, according to Rajeev Mehta, the secretary-general of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
“I was informed by the Athletics Federation of India today morning that Neeraj is not 100 percent fit. He had injured his groin and after scans, has been told to rest for one month. Consequently, he will not be taking part in the Commonwealth Games,” Rajeev Mehta informed.
Now it will be up to DP Manu and Rohit Yadav to try and finish on the podium. However, it won’t be easy for them and everyone had expected Neeraj to win the medal but unfortunately, he had to pull out of the game.
Initially, he would just push himself through pain. Now he has matured. He knows it is ok not to train when he has not slept well. He knows there is no point in doing a morning session without full recovery. He will tell us if he is feeling tightness around say the shoulder or the hip. If the coach says you have to do a 90 kg squat or 90 kg snatch and if he feels he is not able to do it he will give his feedback. He knows how to prevent injury.” said his physio Ishaan Marwaha after the elbow injury Neeraj faced earlier.
Neeraj Chopra’s Diamond League participation also looks unlikely now. He was to participate in the Lausanne Diamond League on August 26, further details are still awaited.