Neeraj Chopra Reacts To Arshad Nadeem Controversy: ‘Don’t Use My Name To Promote Your Propaganda’


Neeraj Chopra has urged people not to misuse his words to promote their vested interests or propaganda by posting a video message on Twitter.

By Vaishali Pandey/The Newster

Neeraj Chopra with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Neeraj Chopra, gold medalist in the javelin throw in the Tokyo Olympics, has reacted after a video of him and Pakistani javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem went viral. In the video, Neeraj is seen receiving a javelin from his Pakistani rival Arshad Nadeem. Many people took this as Nadeem attempting to sabotage Neeraj Chopra’s performance in the final.

He further went on to clarify his statement from a recent interview that recently went viral.

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Neeraj Chopra expressed his unhappiness on Twitter. He shared a video with a message, saying, “I would request everyone to please not use me and my comments as a medium to further your vested interests and propaganda. Sports teaches us to be together and united. I’m extremely disappointed to see some of the reactions from the public on my recent comments.”

Chopra posted a video on Twitter addressing the issue claimed that an unnecessary issue has been made on his statement that he acquired his javelin from Nadeem. It has been when it was a very basic matter and allowed.

He then goes on to clarify that everyone’s personal javelins are stored in the middle of the field and that all throwers are permitted to use them according to the regulations, and that there is nothing wrong with Nadeem practising with my javelin before I took it back.

He went on to say that there was no big deal about it, that it’s unfortunate that some people are making a big deal out of it. He asked people not to do similar things in the future.

Whole Controversy Behind This

During Tokyo Olympics, Neeraj Chopra’s javelin is seen in the hands of another participant Arshad Nadeem who is a Pakistani player. Chopra is seen in the video spotting his gear and rushing up to Nadeem to take it back.

Chopra then threw the historical throw of 87.58 metres to win the gold for India.

However, the circumstances leading up to the throw have enraged Indian social media users, with many questioning Nadeem’s actions.

Several users criticised Nadeem’s ‘unprofessional behaviour’ while several users alleged Nadeem of attempting to tempered Chopra’s Javelin and wanted to spoil his performance.

Pakistani Angle Fuels Controversy

While several Twitter users, including accounts followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and right-wing news website OpIndia, said that the claims may be true, given the history of Pakistani cricketers being accused of ball-tampering.

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