Pune’s Army Stadium to be named after Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra – Jawlin thrower Neeraj Chopra who recently became India’s only second individual gold medalist in the history of Olympic games, is being facilitated by the entire country after his great achievement. Following the Trent Pune’s Army Sports Institute is likely to name a stadium after Neeraj Chopra.
Chopra won the gold medal on 7 August 2021 with a throw of 87.58 m in his second attempt. He is one of only two Indians to have won an individual Olympic gold medal (the other being Abhinav Bindra), as well as the youngest-ever Indian gold medalist in an individual event and the only one to have won gold in his Olympic debut.
As per the Defence PRO official release, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Pune’s Defence Institute of Advanced Technology and Army Sports Institute (ASI) on August 23.
The stadium is likely to be named ‘Neeraj Chopra Army Sports Institute, Pune Cantonment’. It will be renamed during Rajnath Singh’s visit.
According to the release, Rajnath Singh will felicitate 16 Olympians from the Services during his visit to ASI. He will also be addressing troops and sportsmen training at the Army Sports Institute.
Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that he will be auctioning personal memorabilia from the Tokyo Olympics to generate funds for a good cause. The PM made the request to Indian gold medallist Neeraj Chopra, Badminton ace PV Sindhu and boxer Lovlina Borgohain, who readily agreed to partake as they will list their medal-winning javelin, racquets and gloves.
In a video uploaded by Narendra Modi on his YouTube channel, the Indian Prime Minister could be seen sharing some heartfelt moments with the Indian athletes after their success Tokyo Olympics campaign. Having invited the entire contingent for breakfast, Modi felicitated them, sharing his message to them before requesting a favour out of Neeraj Chopra, Lovlina Borgohain and PV Sindhu.