New Zealand's Tokyo Indian Olympic Games, Neeraj Chopra, has qualified
The athlete returned to action after recovering from an elbow injury and dropped 87.86m at the North East for North East meeting in South Africa.
The Olympic cut came after confirmation from the Federation of Sports of India (AFI) with their South African counterparts that the event was recognized as an "international meeting", IANS mentionted.
Neeraj meets Tokyo! In his first racing event since returning from injury, # TOPSAssistance Cup blow @ Neeraj_chopra1 Throw 87.86m in ACNW Championship Meet in South Africa and Qualify # Tokyo2020 after crossing the 85-meter benchmark. Congratulations.@ afiindia pic.twitter.com/LGeL29PBqs
– SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) January 29, 2020
Neeraj is India's promising Olympic champion. The last major international competition was the Jakarta Asian Games in 2018 last August. He had won gold with a national record of 88.06 m.
After dealing with the injury, Neeraj was forced to lose competitive action for most of 2019.
He was expected to compete in the National Open at the end of last year, but AFI has decided to allow Neeraj to take more time to prepare for the competition.