It was quite a moment at the Asian Games when Indian gold-medallist
Chopra broke the national record with a throw of 88.06m, while China’s Liu Qizhen (82.22m) and bronze to
At the medal ceremony, it made for a moment given the often volatile diplomatic dynamics between the three countries.
The picture of Chopra shaking hands with Nadeem on the podium went viral on social media with tennis star
“Teaches you sportsmanship, equality, respect and most importantly humanity! If only some people can learn this from our champion athletes too,” she said.
Chopra said during the ceremony, he was only focussed on the national anthem.
“I did not realise (at that moment) that I was standing with them. Seeing the tri-colour and with the rendering of the national anthem, I was becoming emotional, remembering the struggle and hard work I have done to reach to this stage,” Chopra told PTI from Czech Republic, where he is training.
The 20-year-old became the first Indian to win a
He, however, hastened to add that sports should unite people rather than generating “hatred”.
“Sports always teaches us to unite people, to be good towards your competitors. Sports is not meant to show hatred to others,” he said.
Nadeem had later claimed that Chopra was not particularly forthcoming when he tried to reach out to him through whatsapp messages.
Asked about this, Chopra said, “I am not aware of any face to face approach from him (Nadeem). If somebody tries to speak or wants to ask something behind my back, I would not know. If he had sent some messages on my phone, I would not know. I don’t see so many messages.”
The 88.06m throw in Jakarta has taken him closer to his aim of going beyond the magical 90m mark but Chopra said the gold medal is as significant as the one he fetched in the Gold Coast CWG.
“I cannot choose between the two, both are significant and I am happy about that. The CWG effort was also a national record of that time, it was more than my junior world record throw for the first time and also the first gold of a major multi-sporting event.