Neeraj Chopra to train at Kuortane Olympic Training Centre in Finland ahead of Kourtane Games, Stockholm Diamond League

Indian javelin ace and Indian Olympic gold medalist in Tokyo Neeraj Chopra will begin training on May 2-7 at the Kuortane Olympic Training Center in Finland.

Neeraj Chopra trained at the same venue in the build-up to the Olympics last year before retiring from some Diamond League events.

The javelin thrower is currently training at the Gloria Sports Arena in Antalya, Turkey.

The Kuortane Olympic Training Center offers athletes indoor and outdoor Olympic-level facilities. It is also currently the training base for Paralympic gold medalist Devendra Jhajharia.

Read: Neeraj is aiming for gold medals in all major upcoming events of 2022

From Kuortane, Neeraj will head to Turku to take part in the Paavo Nurmi Games, followed by the Kuortane Games and the Diamond League in Stockholm.

The four-week training camp has been approved by the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) and will cost the Department for Youth Affairs and Sport (MYAS) approximately £9.8 lakhs.

The funds will be used to cover the expenses of Neeraj Chopra and his coach Klaus Bartonietz, which include travel, accommodation, training, local travel and daily allowances.

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has also reached out to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) to ensure Neeraj and his team face no issues while in Finland. In its reply to the SAI, the MEA assured the Indian Embassy in Helsinki that it would be available to provide any assistance that might be needed.

Neeraj Chopra wants to break the 90 meter mark

The javelin ace is determined to break the 90 meter mark this season. He hovered around the 90m mark. However, overcoming the distance has eluded him so far.

In the past, Neeraj has stated that he doesn’t want to be obsessed with numbers. However, he believes that breaking the 90-yard mark would cement his place among the best pitchers in the world.

In the meantime, Neeraj’s coach Klaus Bartonietz has also received a contract extension until the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Also read: Javelin trainer Kashinath Naik is hoping Rohit Yadav and DP Manu will do well at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games


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