Karachi: India’s Neeraj Chopra wished that it would have been good if Arshad Nadeem had won a medal too at the Javelin Throw event at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
The 23-year-old Neeraj on Saturday became his country’s first-ever athletic gold in the Olympics with a throw of 87.58m in his second attempt.
Arshad, who became the first Pakistani athlete in history to qualify for the final of any event at the Olympics, finished fifth with a throw of 84.62.
In an interview, Neeran said that it would have been good to have Nadeem on the podium too (Asia ka naam ho jata) as it would have brought glory for Asia.
On the other hand, Neeraj didn’t enjoy the hype created before the event as ‘Indo-Pak’ contest. “Cricket mei chal jata hai, 7-8 countries hoti hai, par Olympic mei ye sab karna theek nahi hai (It’s okay to do the comparisons in cricket where 7-8 countries are taking part but not fair in Olympics),” he said.
Both the star met at the dining hall right ahead of the closing ceremony of the Olympics where Arshad congratulated Neeraj.
“He congratulated me with a big smile. I told him that he is looking tagra (strong) in his national costume. He did well and I wished him all the best for the future,” Neeraj revealed.