India’s Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra has once again scripted history as he has been nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards 2022.
Neeraj Chopra on Wednesday on Twitter announced the good news through Twitter that he is selected as one of the six Nominees for the 2022 Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award.
Neeraj is only the 3rd Indian athlete to be nominated for a Laureus Awards.
The winners will be announced in April, following a vote by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the world’s ultimate sports jury, comprising of 71 of the greatest sporting legends of all time.
Chopra is the third Indian athlete to be nominated for a Laureus Award, after wrestler Vinesh Phogat in 2019 and cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar.
Chopra, won gold medal in the men’s javelin in Tokyo Olympic with a throw of 87.58 metres in his second attempt.
Chopra said: “I’m delighted to be nominated for this Laureus Award and it’s a great honour for me to be recognised in the wider sporting world for what I achieved in Tokyo.”
“From being a kid in a small village in rural India who only took up sport to get fit, to standing on top of an Olympic podium, it’s been quite an eventful journey so far.
“I feel privileged to be able to represent my country and win India medals at the global stage, and now to have this recognition from Laureus and be considered alongside such exceptional athletes is a really special feeling,” he added.
Along with Neeraj Chopra Britain’s Emma Raducanu, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, Yulimar Rojas, Swimmer Ariarne Titmus have been nominated.