Neeraj Chopra is a rich man now, as it is raining rewards for him after he won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
On Saturday, the Indian javelin star became the first Indian in more than 120 years, and the first athlete from India, who has won an Olympic medal in a track-and-field discipline
India had high hopes high for a medal from Chopra as he competed in the final. He had entered the finals with an awesome throw of 86.65m in his opening attempt that placed him on top of the qualification round on Wednesday. Chopra set a new personal best of 87.58m in the finals (in the second of six attempts).
In his very first attempt on Saturday, he was at of the list with throw of 87.03m, followed by Weber Julian (85.30) of Germany, Vadlejch Jakub (83.98) of Czech Republic, Vetter Johannes (82.52m) of Germany and Katkavets Aliaksei (82.49) of Belarus.
Chopra, a young officer in the Indian army with the Rajputana Rifles, attended DAV College in Chandigarh before joining the Indian army in 2016.
Chopra made his global debut in 2016 with a world junior title.
Two years later, he became the first Indian athlete to win the javelin at both the Asian and Commonwealth Games, and he still holds the National Record with a throw of 88.07 metres.
He also won a gold medal at the Junior World Championships and set a U-20 World Record with a throw of 86.48 metres.
Businesses and state governments in India have how now announced a multi-crore cash and other rewards for the golden boy who has made India proud again at the global level.
The government of Haryana announced a 6 crore cash prize and a class I state government position for Neeraj Chopra. The Punjab government has announced a monetary incentive of Rs. 2 crore for Chopra. Manipur’s cabinet has decided to award the Olympic gold medalist a reward of one crore rupees.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also declared a one-crore monetary incentive for Chopra.
Chennai Super Kings, an Indian Premier League (IPL) team, recently announced a 1 crore award for the javelin thrower. As a tribute to Neeraj Chopra, CSK will create a unique jersey with the number 8758.
IndiGo, an Indian airline, has announced that it will provide Neeraj Chopra with one year of unlimited free travel.
BYJU’S, an education technology company, has announced a financial incentive of Rs. 2 crore for Neeraj Chopra.
Anand Mahindra, a businessman, has pledged to give the gold medalist the forthcoming SUV XUV700.