The 23-year-old boy Neeraj Chopra became the second Indian to win an individual gold in the Tokyo Olympics on 7 August 2021, with his best effort of 87.58m in the javelin throw event.
On this day Neeraj Chopra wrote history by winning the Gold Medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Thus, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) announced that August 7, will be celebrated as the ‘National Javelin Day’.
“To encourage javelin throw pan-India, we will celebrate August 7 as National Javelin Day and from next year onwards our affiliated units will hold javelin competitions in their respective states,” said Lalit Bhanot, the Planning Commission Chairman of AFI.
“After that, we will have inter-district competitions and we will provide javelins (because there will be a lot many required). We will enlarge the competitions in the coming years to become a national event.”
The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has already started the National Open Javelin Throw Championships in 2018. The third edition of this event has been scheduled for the month of October this year.
“I am feeling good that the AFI is making my achievement to be remembered in the days to come. I will be happy if my achievement becomes a reason to inspire the youngsters of this country to take athletics, especially javelin.”
“If the children are getting javelin and other facilities, I hope they will come and take up the sport and I will be happy to cheer for them and they can be the future medal winners.” said Tokyo Olympics Gold Medalists Neeraj Chopra.