August 7 to be named “Javelin Throw Day” to honour Neeraj Chopra’s historic gold

  • The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) decided to name August 7 as ‘Javelin Throw Day’ in India to honour Neeraj Chopra’s first historic Olympic gold.
  • The javelin thrower bagged the gold medal in men’s javelin throw at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on August 7.
  • AFI’s bid to name August 7 as Javelin Throw Day is an attempt to attract more youth towards the sport.
  • Chairman of AFI Planning Committee Lalit Bhanot said in a bid to promote sport, competitions will be conducted every year throughout India on that day.
  • The 23-year-old Neeraj is India’s second individual Olympic gold medallist after Abhinav Bindra.
  • The javelin thrower has scripted history at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo when he threw the javelin to a distance of 87.58m to end India’s medal drought in athletics at the Olympics.
  • This is India’s first-ever gold medal in athletics in the history of the Olympics.
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