Bhubaneswar: Odisha had hosted the preparatory camp for Neeraj Chopra, who created history today by winning Gold Medal at Olympics.
Odisha had hosted the preparatory camp for Olympics earlier this year, where Neeraj along with his fellow javelin throwers trained at Kalinga Stadium for over two months.
During their camp and their departure they had heaped praises on the world class infrastructure, facilities at the stadium complex and support extended by Odisha government and its hospitality.
“Had a great time training at the Kalinga Stadium here in Bhubaneswar. Now looking forward to getting some competition experience under the belt,” Chopra said in a tweet on February 13.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister congratulated Chopra for his historic win at Tokyo Olympics and said he will inspire generations.
“A golden throw! Congratulations #NeerajChopra on historic first-ever track & field #Gold medal for India in #Javelin throw at #Tokyo2020. The country is so proud of you. With this, you took India to its highest ever medal tally at the #Olympics. You will inspire generations,” Patnaik tweeted.
The Chief Minister has also shared his picture with Neeraj Chopra taken during Asian Athletics Championships held here at the Kalinga Stadium in 2017. He had bagged a gold medal at the Asian Athletics Championships.
Sports and Youth Services Secretary R Vineel Krishna, in twitter, said, “Golden Throw! Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 ! Indian Javelin Team briefly camped at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, Odisha for Olympic training,”
Mr.Krishna has also shared a few pictures of Neeraj during his training period and Asian Athletics Championships.
Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Saturday became only the second Indian to win an individual gold in the Olympics, out-performing the field by quite a distance to clinch the historic medal for the country.
The 23-year-old farmer’s son from Khandra village near Panipat in Haryana produced a second round throw of 87.58m in the finals to stun the athletics world and end India’s 100-year wait for a track and field medal in the Olympics.