});" title="India Today Sports Desk" href="https://www.indiatoday.in/author/india-today-sports-desk">By India Today Sports Desk: Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s training proposal in Finland has been approved ahead of his upcoming World Athletics – Gold Level events in June. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports confirmed that Chopra intends to train at the Kuortane Olympic Training Centre in Finland during this crucial period.
This training plan follows a successful strategy that Chopra implemented in 2022. Chopra on May 22 attained the world number one ranking in the men’s javelin as he dethroned Anderson Peters from the top spot.
Chopra, who won the historic gold at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, continued his dominant form in following years. Recently, he clinched the gold medal at the Diamond League with a throw of 89.63 meters.
Additionally, the Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) has given the green light to various proposals from other athletes.
Paddler Payas Jain’s proposal for an advanced training camp in Taiwan has been approved, showcasing the MOC’s commitment to supporting athletes across different sports. Moreover, senior paddlers Manika Batra and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran have received approval to take their personal coaches, Aman Balgu and S Raman, respectively, for multiple events. The mentioned events include WTT Contender, Zagreb, WTT Star Contender, Ljubljana, and Tunis.
Financial assistance will be provided to cover the athletes’ travel expenses, camp expenses, boarding and lodging costs, medical insurance, and out-of-pocket allowance, among other necessary support.
The MOC has also welcomed rower Salman Khan into the TOPS Development group. Salman, hailing from Haryana’s Mewat region, had previously clinched a gold medal in the Gujarat National Games last year. This induction recognises his potential and provides him with additional resources for his future development as a rower.
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