Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra has pulled himself out of the upcoming Commonwealth Games which will kick off in Birmingham on Thursday.
Chopra, the defending CWG champion, had injured his groin during the World Championship final in Eugene, USA, on Saturday. He underwent a MRI scan the following day and was subsequently advised one-month rest by the doctors, according to Rajeev Mehta, the secretary-general of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
“I was informed by the Athletics Federation of India today morning that Neeraj is not 100 percent fit. He had injured his groin and after scans, has been told to rest for one month. Consequently, he will not be taking part in the Commonwealth Games,” Mehta told The Indian Express.
Neeraj had been in fine form this season. At the Worlds, Neeraj had come up with a throw of 88.13m to finish with a silver. Earlier this month, Neeraj had broken his own national record with a throw of 89.94m at the Stockholm Diamond League event.