Neeraj Chopra to train with coach Klaus Bartonietz at least till 2024 Paris Olympics
During Neeraj Chopra's rehabilitation and recuperation from elbow surgery in 2018, Klaus Bartonietz took over as his coach
The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) stated on Sunday that Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra will continue to train with his German coach Klaus Bartonietz, whose contract has been extended till the 2024 Paris Games (January 3). Chopra declared his wish to continue training with the German bio-mechanical expert after winning the historic Olympic gold in Tokyo.
"We have secured the services of Olympic Games javelin throw gold medallist Neeraj Chopra's coach Dr. Klaus Bartonietz till the 2024 Paris Games," the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) said.
During Chopra's rehabilitation and recovery from elbow surgery in 2018, Bartonietz took over as Chopra's coach from compatriot and former world record holder javelin thrower Uwe Hohn. The AFI also announced that Galina Bukharina, the 400m coach, will remain in charge until the end of this year's Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.
During the Tokyo Olympics, Bukharina's men's 4x400m relay team of Mohammed Anas Yahiya, Noah Nirmal Tom, Arokia Rajiv, and Amoj Jacob set an Asian record. The AFI recently provided the Sports Ministry with the Annual Calendar for Training and Competition.
Neeraj is currently shedding the pounds he accumulated during his sabbatical. In an interview with journalists from California, he stated that he has lost 5 kilogrammes so far. And, with time, he'll be able to regain his previous fitness levels.
"Training in the last three weeks has been difficult for me. When I went on the track to train, I gave it my all. Yes, my fitness levels have reduced due to inaction for last four months. I had gained a lot of weight and now I am trying to shed it. I am feeling very positive to train again. Poora Khaich rakha hai badhiya se. I have a feeling that 2022 will also be good. I just need to ensure I am injury free and safe from COVID-19," said Neeraj.