Olympic champion and World Championships silver medalist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will decide on participating at the Lausanne Diamond League to be held on August 26 closer to the event, it is learnt. The Lausanne stopover of the Diamond League will decide the top-six finalists for the big final to be held in Zurich on September 6 and 7.
Chopra had skipped the Commonwealth Games because of a groin strain which he suffered during the final of the Worlds in Eugene. Chopra is currently based in Saarbrücken, Germany, along with his coach Dr Klaus Bartonietz and physio Ishaan Marwaha. He has started light throwing sessions. But it will need a few more days to assess if his body is ready for all-out throws during competition.
There is another Diamond League in Brussels on September 2, but the men’s javelin throw is not part of the programme. Chopra is currently 4th on the Diamond League standings after his second place finish at the Stockholm Diamond League. But Chopra will be looking over his shoulder because Czech Republic’s Vitezslav Vesely and Finland’s Oliver Helander, in seventh and 10th places with 5 and 4 points respectively, can move ahead of him if they finish in the top 5 at Lausanne and Chopra gives the event a miss.
Trinidad and Tobago’s 2012 Olympic Champion Keshorn Walcott also finds a mention in the entry list for the Diamond League. Athletes are given 8 points to 1 point depending on where they finish in the Diamond League events. The points collected are added to decide on qualification for the final.