Indian Javelin Star Neeraj Chopra who is expected to win a medal for the nation in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2021 is set to miss preparatory events in Finland as the latter government has issued restrictions on Indian travelers.
He was supposed to take part in the Kuortane Games which is one-day athletics meet scheduled to take place on June 26th, 2021.
“It looks doubtful as Chopra hasn’t got approval to travel to Kuortane from the Finnish government though he would be competing in Karlstad Grand Prix in Sweden on June 22,” a source told IANS.
Chopra who won Jakarta Asian Championship in 2018 received permission to travel to France ahead of his preparation of Tokyo Olympics 2021.
“He will be based in the northern part of France in Lievin for a fortnight and will undergo a 10-day quarantine mandatory for Indians. But it is uncertain whether he would get a window of two hours a day to train outdoors during quarantine,” added the source.
He is accompanied by foreign coach Klaus Bartonietz and physio Issan Marwaha on his tour to France.
“Since the situation is changing rapidly, it is also uncertain how many competitions Chopra would be able to compete in after the quarantine period is over,” said a coach familiar with the development.
Chopra is known for creating new records and breaking his old ones as he improved his national record by throwing upto the distance of 88.07 metres during a domestic meet in Patiala.
In January 2020, Chopra qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with a throw of 87.86m bettered the Tokyo Olympic Games qualifying mark of 85m but since then Chopra hasn’t taken part in any international competition and it will be interesting to see how he performs in France as it will lay the foundation of his preparation for Tokyo Olympics 2021.