Posted in uwvmwtei on November 19th, 2019

first_imgBreaching the 90m mark will put him in contention for a Breaching the 90m mark will put him in contention for a gold in any top competition, but Chopra says he does not wish to think too far ahead. “I cant say when I will be able to throw more than 90m, it can happen anytime when I peak and it is a matter of just a throw. I want to give my best during the World Championships. I want to remain injury-free and peak at the right time,” he said. “My training has just started and I am not exerting much. If I exert in throwing practice on the ground, there could be an injury. Competitions are far off and so I am focussing more on improvement on technical aspects and strength building. My coach wants improvement in my technique.” Asked about his domestic schedule this season, he said, “I will take part in the Federation Cup in Delhi (in April) because it is the qualifying event for the Asian Championships to be held in India (in June) and the AFI has made it mandatory to take part in these events. “Training is going on well. Morning trainings are from 7am to 10am and in the evening again from 4pm to 7pm. There is only evening off in a week. Mostly evening off on Wednesdays but there is full day practice on Sundays.” He said he left NIS Patiala for Bangalore on his coachs suggestion as the southern city is more suitable for him. “I came to Bangalore in September last year. In Patiala, winters are colder than here. Temperature is mild here, not too hot and not too cold. Coach says temperature in Bangalore is more suitable for me than at Patiala,” Chopra said. He said his improvement came after joining the national camp and the support given by the JSW Sports. “I was initially at Panchkula but after that I came to NIS Patiala. The facilities there, the diet regime and experience of the seniors taught me a lot and all this improved my game. I got a gold in Senior National Open in Kolkata and JSW came to sponsor me after that. AFI then sent me for training in Poland. “I dont think about money, what I want is to get the best training facilities, keep on training and get medals for the country,” Chopra said. Chopra also had a message for dope cheats and asked them not to sully the countrys image. “Doping gives a bad image to the country, please dont do this. There has been a huge doping scandal involving Russia, this is really bad. Despite this scandal, Russia remained and will remain an athletics powerhouse. “It is not the case with India. We (India) are not being able to make a name at the world level and still we are in the news due to doping. Be self confident and do hard work,” he signed off. PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img

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