Olympic Gold Medalist, Neeraj Chopra gets nominated for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the year Award.
After being nominated for the award, Neeraj tweeted that it’s a special feeling for him to be nominated among some of the exceptional athletes for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the year award.
A special feeling to be nominated along with some exceptional athletes for the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award.
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) February 2, 2022
With this nomination, he becomes the third Indian ever to be nominated for the award, after the wrestler, Vinesh Phogat in 2019, and legendary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, who won the Laureus Sporting Moment Award 2000-2020.
Apart from Neeraj, five other players from different sports have been nominated for the award, British Tennis player; Emma Raducanu, Russian Tennis player; Daniil Medvedev, Spanish Footballer; Pedri, Venezuelan Olympic athlete; Yulimar Rojas, and Australian Swimmer; Ariarne Titmus.
With Neeraj’s epic gold medal win at the Tokyo Olympics last year, he becomes the first-ever track and field Indian to win a gold medal for the country at the Olympics.
He is also the first track and field athlete from India to have won at the IAAF World U20 Championships, wherein in 2016 he achieves a world under-20 record throw of 86.48 m, becoming the first Indian athlete to set a world record. Currently, the 24-year-old is ranked no.4 internationally by World Athletics.