Neeraj Chopra has donated his historic gold medal winning javelin to the Olympic Museum© Twitter
Neeraj Chopra has donated his historic gold medal winning javelin at the Tokyo Olympics to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Indian, who became the country’s first athlete to win an Olympic medal in Tokyo last year, donated his most prized javelin to the museum on Saturday. “It is a great honor for any athlete to be able to inspire others,” Chopra, who won the Olympic gold with a throw of 87.58 meters, told Olympics.com.
The museum has a rich collection spanning 120 years, including the rifle of Abhinav Bindra, who became the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold in Beijing 2008.
The museum is managed by the Heritage Team of the International Olympic Committee with the aim of preserving the Olympic legacy.
“I can see Abhinav Bindra’s rifle in the museum, which gives me tremendous motivation. I hope my javelin has the same impact on future athletes, especially from India,” Chopra added. Bindra, who is also a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, was also present on the occasion.
“I am delighted that his spear is now joining my rifle at the Olympic Museum, which has been a bit lonely in terms of Indian company until now,” said an emotional Bindra.
More than 90,000 artifacts, 650,000 photos, 45,000 hours of videos and 1.5 km of historical archives are managed in the Olympic Museum.
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