Even if there is financial crunch, parents should keep children mentally strong: Neeraj Chopra
Neeraj Chopra ended India's 100-year wait for an Olympic medal in athletics at Tokyo Olympics 2020 to achieve golden glory. One of India's brightest medal prospects in the Tokyo Olympics, Neeraj had kicked off the proceedings with a throw of 87.03m. In the next attempt, Neeraj came up with his best throw of the event to clinch the gold medal. As a result of Neeraj's gold medal, India signed off from Tokyo Olympics 2020 with its best-ever tally of 7 medals.
Neeraj sent a message to parents across India to not expect immediate results from their children, rather try and keep them motivated.
"I agree that in sports you are never sure whether you will be able to attain a certain level of success or not. You face a lot of setbacks in the form of injuries or due to lack of training facilities. You are able to achieve success if you are blessed with all these basic amenities," Neeraj told media.
"If you are from a middle-class background and not in a position to support your kids financially, always keep them mentally strong and motivated. Parents, most of the time, expect quick results and achievement when they enroll their children in any sport. They expect their kids to bring medals within a year. So, the journey will always be slow-paced and success will come at the right time. No one should ever go for shortcuts. Don't indulge yourself in overtraining or overeating for faster results. This is a slow process. Have faith in yourself, get the right training and have patience, the right things will come at the right time."
The final Indian Olympian in action on the penultimate day of the event, Neeraj was expected to face tough competition from the likes of Johannes Vetter and Arshad Nadeem. While Vetter came up with the best throw of 85.64m, Arshad also failed to produce a good show. Czech Republic's Jakub Vadlejch and Vitezslav won the bronze and silver medals, respectively.
Talking of the Indian contingent, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (silver), wrestlers Ravi Kumar Dahiya (silver) and Bajrang Punia (bronze), shuttler PV Sindhu (bronze), boxer Lovlina Borgohain (bronze) and Indian men's hockey team (bronze) made the nation proud.