Olympic gold medallist javelin star Neeraj Chopra will be absent from the upcoming FBK Games as he has pulled out of the event due to sustaining a muscle strain.
Through a post on Twitter, Chopra stated that the muscle strain occurred during training, pushing him to withdraw from the Games set to take place from 4th June onwards at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Stadion in Hengelo, Netherlands.
“Injuries are part of the journey, but it’s never easy. Recently, I sustained a muscle strain during my training. Following a medical evaluation, me and my team have decided to avoid any risks which can aggravate the injury. Unfortunately, it means that I have to withdraw from the FBK Games, in Hengelo. Wishing the organisers and the tournament all the success. I am on the road to recovery, and will aim to be back on the track in June. Thank you for all your support!” the Tokyo Olympics gold medallist shared on Twitter.
Will be back soon! 🙏 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/xJE86ULv5X
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) May 29, 2023
The 25-year-old Haryanvi started his 2023 season with a triumph at the Diamond League which took place in Doha earlier this month, all while clocking a world best throw of 88.67m.
Chopra currently leads World Champion Anderson Peters of Grenada by 22 points, and is yet to confirm whether he will participate in the subsequent Paavo Nurmi Games, which kicks off on 13th June in Turku, Finland.