Updated October 4th, 2023 at 21:30 IST
'Trying to cheat us': Anju Bobby George calls out China after Neeraj Chopra controversy
Anju Bobby George, the Senior Vice President of AFI, voiced concerns about the issue following the event in which Chopra clinched the gold medal.
Neeraj Chopra has achieved a historic gold medal victory in the men's javelin event at the ongoing 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Chopra successfully retained his title by achieving a remarkable throw of 88.88 meters during his fourth attempt. Additionally, Kishore Jena, representing India, also made a notable mark by securing the silver medal with a throw of 87.54 meters, marking his first Asian Games medal.
3 things you need to know
- Neeraj Chopra had won the gold medal in the previous Asian Games in Jakarta
- This was Chopra's season-best throw as he clocked 88.88m in 4th attempt
- Kishore Jena broke his own personal best twice and qualified for Paris 2024
Is China trying to cheat India at the Asian Games?
However, a controversy emerged during the men's javelin final after Chopra's initial throw. Due to an unexplained technical glitch, the officials were unable to record his throw, necessitating him to make another attempt. Chopra was observed engaging with the officials in an attempt to ascertain the precise distance of his throw, which appeared to be a massive one (around 86-88m). Regrettably, the distance could not be officially documented, and Chopra was required to make a second attempt.
Anju Bobby George, the Senior Vice President of the Athletics Federation of India, voiced concerns about the issue following the event in which Chopra clinched the gold medal and Jena secured the silver. She alleged that China engaged in "cheating" and suggested that they were aware that winning in Hangzhou would be difficult due to such incidents.
"I think it's a calculative move. I think they're trying to cheat us. Neeraj is an Olympic champion that's why he threw. We knew winning in China would be difficult because they do all these mischiefs," Anju Bobby George said after the event on Wednesday.
Earlier, Jyothi Yarraji's bronze medal in the women's 100m hurdles event was elevated to silver following an official protest filed by the Athletics Federation of India in response to an erroneous false start call against Jyothi. The dramatic turn of events occurred when China's Yanni Wu committed a false start in the final race. However, to the surprise and disappointment of everyone, the officials also mistakenly penalized Jyothi for a false start, prompting the AFI to submit a protest.
Published October 4th, 2023 at 19:51 IST