The whole country is rejoicing as Neeraj Chopra scripted history by winning a gold medal in Javelin Throw at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. Neeraj Chopra mother Saroj Devi is on cloud nine as she was confident that her son would make her and the country proud.
In an interview with India Today, she said that she will feed her son his favourite dish – Churma once he returns from Tokyo. Churma is a sweet delicacy of North India. She will also decorate the house and organise a grand welcome for him.
Talking about how he fell in love with the sport, she said that he saw some people throwing the spear near the gym he used to go to. That’s how he got inclined towards Javelin Throw. He befriended them and learnt the sport.
“He was interested in sports right from his childhood. He was working hard for it. The entire village is having a festive spirit. We will welcome him grandly,” she added.
Neeraj’s father Satish Kumar is a farmer in Khandra village in Panipat, Haryana. He has two sisters. His mother Saroj Devi is a housewife. He completed his education in Chandigarh. In 2016, he was appointed as a Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army with the rank of Naib Subedar.
Neeraj Chopra’s historic victory
Neeraj Chopra won the gold with a throw of 84.24 meters in the sixth round. The athlete had secured the top spot for himself since the first round after he threw 87.03 meters. He dedicated his win to late athlete Milkha Singh.
His performance has stayed exemplary since the start of 2021. He won a gold medal at an event in Lisbon, Portugal. He qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics‘ Final in Men’s javelin throw on On 4 August 2021. His win brings India its first athletics gold medal in Olympic games in the history of independent India.