Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has been chosen to lead the Indian contingent comprising 28 members in the upcoming World Athletics Championships scheduled to commence on August 19 in Budapest, Hungary. The announcement, surprisingly, was made by the Sports Ministry, diverging from the norm where such declarations are usually undertaken by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).
Chopra, the reigning Diamond League champion, is set to embark on another quest for glory as he aims to secure a gold medal in the forthcoming competition. His ambition to clinch the top position is backed by his remarkable track record and determination. Having secured a silver in the previous edition of the championship held in Eugene, USA, in 2022, Chopra is now focusing his sights on the gold in Budapest.
The Indian team, led by Chopra, encompasses an assortment of talented athletes across various disciplines. However, notable exclusions from the roster include Asian record holder shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor, who has chosen not to participate due to an ongoing recovery from a groin injury sustained during the Asian Championships held in July. Furthermore, high jumper Tejaswin Shankar, 800m runner K M Chanda, and 20km race walker Priyanka Goswami, all national record holders, have also opted out of the World Championships in favor of concentrating their efforts on the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, scheduled from September 23 to October 8.
The comprehensive Indian team is a balanced combination of male and female athletes, each representing their respective events with a determination to excel. Some of the notable names on the roster include Krishan Kumar (800m), Ajay Kumar Saroj (1500m), Annu Rani (Javelin Throw), M Sreeshankar (Long Jump), and several others. The blend of experience and emerging talent highlights India’s diverse representation in the World Athletics Championships.
The anticipation surrounding Chopra’s performance is undoubtedly high, as he looks to make his mark on the international stage once again. The Indian contingent’s collective aspiration to showcase their prowess on the world platform is poised to captivate the sporting world as the championship unfolds in Budapest.
The World Athletics Championships are set to provide a platform for athletes from across the globe to exhibit their skills, determination, and sportsmanship. As the Indian contingent under the leadership of Neeraj Chopra prepares to participate in this prestigious event, the country stands united in its support for its representatives on the international stage.
As the championship dates draw near, excitement is building among fans and supporters, eagerly awaiting the athletes’ performances that promise to captivate and inspire the world.
Stay tuned for the exhilarating journey of the Indian contingent at the World Athletics Championships, where the pursuit of excellence, glory, and victory takes center stage.