Neeraj undergoes elbow surgery, doubtful for Doha Worlds

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has undergone surgery to his troublesome elbow at Mumbai on Friday.

File photo of Neeraj Chopra in action during the IAAF Diamond League in Zurich.   -  AP Photo

Star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has undergone an elbow surgery, raising doubts over his participation in the IAAF World Championships to be held in Doha from September 27 to October 6.

“Undergone elbow surgery in Mumbai by Dr.Dinshaw Pardiwala. Will require some months of rehabilitation before i can start back with throwing.Hoping to return stronger. Every setback is a setup for a comeback. God wants to bring you out better than you were before,” Neeraj wrote on Twitter Friday.

The 21-year-old developed pain in his elbow while practising at NIS Patiala in April.

 

The recovery period has not been specified yet. Chopra's coach Bahadur Singh has already urged him not to rush back keeping next year’s Olympics in mind.

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The elbow injury had earlier forced the Commonwealth and Asian Games champion to skip the Asian Championships held in Doha from April 21 to April 24.

The world no. 5 in his discipline would have been India’s brightest hope for a medal.

Neeraj shot to fame by winning the javelin gold at the 2016 IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

From there it was no looking back for the athlete from Panipat, as he went on to win golds at the 2016 South Asian Games, the 2017 Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar, and last year’s Commonwealth and Asian Games.