Ace Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will return to competitors on international soil after practically 18 months on Thursday when he competes on the Assembly Cidade de Lisboa right here.
The 2018 Jakarta Asian Video games champion in javelin throw was final seen in motion in January final yr, on the South African home meet in Potchefstroom, South Africa, the place he threw the javelin to 87.86m to beat the Tokyo Olympic qualification mark of 85m.
Thereafter, Chopra, 23, could not compete on the worldwide stage because of the Covid pandemic.
In April, Chopra was presupposed to journey to Europe for a training-cum-competition stint. However he was denied visa by a number of European nations as a consequence of escalating coronavirus instances in India and restriction on Indians travelling there.
Final week, Chopra secured visa to journey to France after which he moved to Portugal to compete within the native competitors, to be held on the Portuguese Nationwide Day, June 10.
Thursday’s occasion will characteristic 5 Portuguese throwers who’re additionally aiming to qualify for the Olympics.
Since Chopra has the season better of 88.07m throw among the many 5 rivals in Thursday’s occasion, it will be a form of follow competitors for the Indian thrower.
In March, Chopra had improved his nationwide file to 88.07m throughout a home meet in Patiala.