Neeraj Chopra to miss Asian Athletics Championships due to elbow strain

India's star javelin thrower, Neeraj Chopra, has pulled out of the Asian Athletics Championships due to an elbow strain.

Asian Games and CWG champion Neeraj Chopra has suffered an elbow strain and has decided to skip the Asian Athletics Championships.   -  AFP

Neeraj Chopra, the country’s biggest name in athletics, will not be defending his javelin throw title in the Asian Athletics Championships which begin in Doha on April 21.

Neeraj, the World No. 4 and also the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games champion, has suffered an elbow strain and has decided to play it safe.

“He has got pain in the elbow and if he competes in the Asians, it could worsen the situation,” Chief National Coach Bahadur Singh told Sportstar from Patiala on Sunday.

“He is now in India and two days ago, he had a throw and felt pain in his elbow so he and his coach think that it would be better not to take part in the Asian Championships.”