He also said that he will come back in 2022 to compete in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.
“Firstly, I want to thank everyone for the love and affection I have received since I came back from Tokyo. I have honestly been overwhelmed by the support from across the country and beyond, and am short of words to express my gratitude to you all,” Neeraj wrote in an Instagram post.
“The packed schedule of travel and a bout of illness has meant I have not been able to resume training since Tokyo and therefore, along with my team, have decided to cut short by 2021 competition season to be able to take some time off, recharge and come back stronger for a packed 2022 calendar which includes the World Championships, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games,” he stated further.
Adding on his statement, Neeraj said: “I have been encouraged by all the support to Indian athletics over these past few weeks and would urge you all to keep supporting India and Indian athletics in the months and years to come. Jai Hind.”
Neeraj threw 87.03 metres in his first attempt but bettered his record in the second essay with a distance of 87.58m in the mega event to pick the gold at Tokyo Olympics.
The 23-year-old on Thursday said he was “disappointed” to see people pushing their “vested interests” following a viral video that showed the Indian athlete on the lookout for his javelin moments before the finals of the javelin event in August.
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— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) 1629968164000
The video doing the rounds on social video further showed the Indian athlete spotting his javelin in the hands of Pakistan athlete Arshad Nadeem and then rushing towards him to take it back before his first attempt on a historic night.