KARACHI: Pakistan’s javelin throw Olympian, Arshad Nadeem thanked his ideal Neeraj Chopra for defending him against Indian media’s propaganda.
Arshad was awarded cash prizes for his Tokyo Olympics 2020 performance in a private ceremony here at a local university.
While talking on the occasion, the Pakistani hero thanked his hero on the field Neeraj for supporting him throughout.
“Neeraj Bhai is really a good man and we spent a lot of time together,” he shared. “I felt too happy when he schooled Indian media for propagating against me. I admire him and looking forward to good relations with him,” he added.
It must be noted here that Indian media alleged Arshad of impairing Neeraj’s javelin before his throw in the final of the event. The propaganda started with Neeraj’s statement in which he said “I was searching for my javelin at the start of the final. I was not able to find it. Suddenly, I saw Arshad was moving around with my javelin. Then I told him, ‘Bhai give this javelin to me, it is my javelin! I have to throw with it’. Then he gave it back to me. That’s why you must have seen I took my first throw hurriedly.”
Later on, Neeraj corrected Indian media for false propagations against his Pakistani counterpart. “I am hurt that they [media] are propagating it and using my name. Please don’t do this as sports teaches us to be together and united. I’m extremely disappointed to see some of the reactions from the public on my recent comments,” he had said in a Twitter video.