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Neeraj Chopra nominated for Laureus Breakthrough of the Year award 2022

Neeraj Chopra will compete with Emma Raducanu, Daniil Medvedev, Pedri, Yulimar Rojas and Ariarne Titmus for the honour.

India’s Neeraj Chopra was nominated for the prestigious ‘Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year’ award 2022 for his historic gold medal win at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Neeraj Chopra is only the third Indian – after wrestler Vinesh Phogat and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar – to be nominated for a Laureus award.

The 24-year-old Neeraj Chopra won the men’s javelin throw gold at Tokyo 2020 with a throw of 87.58m, becoming India’s first Olympic medallist in athletics and only the second individual Indian Olympic gold-medallist.

“I’m delighted to be nominated for this Laureus Award and it’s a great honour for me to be recognised in the wider sporting world for what I achieved in Tokyo,” Neeraj Chopra said after his nomination.

“I feel privileged to be able to represent my country and win India medals at the global stage, and now to have this recognition from Laureus and be considered alongside such exceptional athletes is a really special feeling,” he added.

Neeraj Chopra’s fellow nominees for the award are tennis players Emma Raducanu and Daniil Medvedev, footballer Pedri, triple jumper Yulimar Rojas and swimmer Ariarne Titmus.

By Rahul Venkat

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