Tokyo Olympics: Jeev says Neeraj Chopra will get an Olympic medal in athletics that eluded his father Milkha Singh – Jeev Mikha Singh, arguably India’s greatest ever golfer, has put his money on Neeraj Chopra getting an elusive Olympic medal in athletics, that his father — the great Milkha Singh — came so close to conquering.
“I think Neeraj Chopra is our best bet to get India the first Olympic medal in athletics. I think he will be the one. He has a realistic chance of winning that elusive medal in athletics. My father missed it by a whisker and it really hurts everyone. It’s high time to leave it behind and bag that medal,” Jeev told Inside Sport in an exclusive interview recently.
He said India has a good chance of winning medals in five disciplines in the Tokyo Olympics. “I think India can win medals in as many as five sports — shooting, wrestling, badminton, boxing and athletics. I am sure India’s medal tally will be all time best.”
Talking about how he spent his time during Covid lockdown, Jeev said it was a period to understand life in its entirety and where exactly we belonged. “For all sportspersons life had come to a standstill but this was an opportunity for us to spend quality time with our family and children. I missed them during my tours for so many years. So in one go all their complaints were over as I was only in Chandigarh with my family. I spent some very good time with my father who is not keeping that well.”
About his future plans, Jeev said this year he will be joining the 50 plus Pro Masters senior circuit and that will be his retirement plan. “Now my focus shifts to the senior circuit. I will be joining the Pro Masters soon. I am preparing to play in the world’s top events in the senior circuit – the Majors and European, Japan and PGA tours. I aim to start in January 2022, a month after I turn 50 and become eligible for the seniors. I am planning to stretch my golf career for another seven-eight years. I have already started preparing. My first target is to become a member of the Japan PGA (professional golfers’ association) because in Japan the senior tour is managed by their PGA and one has to be its (Japan PGA) member to be eligible to play,” he informed.
Jeev is a four-time winner on the top European and Japanese circuits and was also the first Indian to break into the world’s top 50 in ranking and finish in the top 10 of a Major – tied 9th at the 2008 PGA Championship.