At Tokyo 2020, Why did Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan take Neeraj Chopra's javelin?

India's Neeraj Chopra (left) with Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem. (Source: Twitter)

India's Neeraj Chopra (left) with Pakistan's Arshad Nadeem. (Source: Twitter)

'Tampering' is a choice word for two fierce rivals obsessed with cricket. If someone tries to meddle 'in order to inflict harm or unlawful adjustments,' it may be justified. That appears to be what transpired in the most recent round of the India-Pakistan rivalry, with one opponent attempting to disturb the other. This time, however, it occurred on the largest of stages: the Olympics, not a cricket field.

The boy wonder of Indian athletics, Neeraj Chopra, became the country's first-ever Olympic gold medalist in track and field. His performance in the Tokyo Olympics has already gone down in Indian sports history as a watershed moment. Chopra, on the other hand, came close to forfeiting his first attempt during the men's javelin throw final on August 7, 2021 in Tokyo. His first-round throw of 87.03m would have been enough to win the gold medal, as it turned out. Chopra didn't find his javelin when he was getting ready for the throw, as revealed in the backstory.

In an interview with the Time of India, the 23-year-old from Panipat revealed that he "was not able to find it [javelin]," then suddenly he "saw Arshad Nadeem was moving around with my javelin. Then Chopra told him, 'Bhai give this javelin to me, it is my javelin! I have to throw with it.' "In a sport where every second tick like a timebomb, such diversions are bound to explode. And there's also the pressure, which often goes with the saying "all haste is of the devil". Anything could have happened."He gave it back to me. That's why you must have seen I took my first throw hurriedly," Chopra added.

He also added that "Nadeem gave a really good performance in the qualifying round as well as the final. I think it is good for Pakistan, they have a chance to show more interest in the javelin and do well at the international stage in the future."

Chopra threw the greatest throw of 87.58 in his second attempt, destroying a strong field of 12 competitors.

Source: Outlook India



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