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Neeraj Chopra ceremonially welcomed by Indian Army after Olympic gold medal win

Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, August 11

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra who became the first Indian to win an Olympic Gold for India in a track-and-field event was ceremonially welcomed by the Indian Army’s Rajputana Rifles.

The 23-year-old Chopra is a Subedar in the Indian Army’s 4 Rajputana Rifles. He had joined the Army in 2016 and trained under the Army’s Mission Olympics Wing.

After his selection he was initially trained at the Army Sports Institute in Pune.

Indian Army’s Mission Olympics Wing identifies and trains promising athletes.

Wrestler Deepak Punia too was trained under the Mission Olympics Wing programme and he belongs to 19 Rajputana Rifles.

Neeraj Chopra and Deepak Punia were felicitated with cash rewards by the Rajputana Rifles.

Punia had progressed to the semifinal in Men’s Freestyle 86 kg and lost the bronze medal match to San Marino’s Myles Amine.

Army Chief General MM Naravane and Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat also met Chopra and congratulated him for his historic feat.

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