The Asian Games gold medalists Neeraj Chopra and Amit Panghal, in an interaction with NDTV in the Yuva Conclave talked about their trips so far. The actor and owner of a sports team, Abhishek Bachchan, who was also one of the panelists, revealed that Bollywood star Katrina Kaif is a big fan of the javelin thrower. Bachchan then went on to ask if Neeraj Chopra would like to join the cinema, but the sports star politely refused. "I am a big zero in acting, please let me continue with sports," said Neeraj.
Neeraj was the standard bearer of India at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games 2018 recently concluded in Indonesia and recognized that it was a great honor since many sports stars were part of the contingent.
Neeraj Chopra broke his own national record by clearing a distance of 88.06m in Indonesia.
Neeraj Chopra also revealed that he has received a lot of support from friends and family over the years. Speaking of how he got into sports, Neeraj said, "I gained a lot of weight when I was young, and my uncle suggested that I join the gym, so I met the javelin throwers, they appreciated my first pitch and I started training with them. It was not easy at first, but then I started winning medals. "
Boxer Amit Panghal, who also won gold at the Asian Games, revealed that after losing matches with 2016 Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan, he devised strategies to counter his opponent and it worked.
On a lighter note, Amit said: "When there is no competition, whatever I may have in my hands, but when there is one, we have to see our weight so much that sometimes even a drink of water is too much."
"My father and coach were great admirers of Dharmendra, they always say you have to play like Dharma," Amit said.
Abhishek Bachchan, a sports fan, said that our players are very talented and that if the best type of infrastructure is provided, India would be an unstoppable force.
Speaking of how he associated with sports, he said: "Many years ago I went to the Rio World Cup with my dad, and I met the head of FIFA, and he said something that really hurt me, he said that 1.3 billion people and not Can you get 11 people together? I told him to come to a cricket pitch, those 11 people will find you there. "
He signed saying that it is the audience that brings the money and creates opportunities for players and hopes that lesser-known sports get their fair share of followers in the future.