Pakistan’s Javelin Thrower Arshad Nadeem Opens Up About Controversy With Neeraj Chopra

Arshad Nadeem, Pakistan’s best javelin thrower has broken silence on the controversy involving him and India’s gold medalist Neeraj Chopra. He said that the incident that happened during the final of Javelin Throw at Tokyo 2020 is “pretty common during competition(s)”. Indian Netizens had criticised Arshad for holding Neeraj Chopra’s javelin just before the gold medalist’s throw. Some accused Nadeem of ‘stealing’ or ‘tampering’ with Neeraj’s javelin. Chopra had to come out in defence of his Pakistani counterpart. Now, Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem has also come out to share his opinion. Nadeem said, “It is possible that during practice this was Neeraj’s favourite javelin which is why he took it from me. These things are pretty common during competition,” (To Geo TV) Also Read | Olympian Neeraj Chopra Disappointed With People’s ‘Vested Interests’ Over His Remarks On Arshad NadeemThe Indian thrower had posted a video with a caption: “I would request everyone to please not use me and my comments as a medium to further your vested interests and propaganda. Sports teaches us to be together and united. I’m extremely disappointed to see some of the reactions from the public on my recent comments.” 

मेरी आप सभी से विनती है की मेरे comments को अपने गंदे एजेंडा को आगे बढ़ाने का माध्यम न बनाए। Sports हम सबको एकजूट होकर साथ रहना सिखाता हैं और कमेंट करने से पहले खेल के रूल्स जानना जरूरी होता है 🙏🏽
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) August 26, 2021
Let’s take a look at what had transpired before this controversy:

Here we can see Neeraj asking for his Javelin to Arshad #NeerajChopra #Tokyo2020 #ArshadNadeem
— vishal ghandat (@VishalGhandat) August 25, 2021
Neeraj Chopra was quoted by TOI in an interview where had mentioned Nadeem having his javelin before the throw. He said, “I was not able to find it. Suddenly I saw Arshad Nadeem was moving around with my javelin. Then I told him, ‘Bhai give this javelin to me, it is my javelin! I have to throw with it.” 

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