Neeraj Chopra to receive Param Vishisht Seva Medal on Republic Day
Neeraj Chopra is the first Indian athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics in 100 years
Chopra won the gold medal in javelin throw throwing 87.58 metre
Neeraj Chopra will receive the award from President Ram Nath Kovind
Neeraj Chopra, India’s lone Olympic gold medallist in athletics, is set to be conferred with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal on Republic Day on Tuesday.
Chopra won a historic gold in men’s javelin throw at the Tokyo Olympics last year. He is independent India’s first individual Olympic medallist in athletics.
Subedar Neeraj Chopra belongs to the 4 Rajputana Rifles. After his Olympic triumph, the Army Sports Institute (ASI) of Pune named one of its facilities after him.
According to news agency ANI, Chopra's name was on the list of people who would receive the prestigious award given to military men for exceptional peace-time service.
The Indian President Ram Nath Kovind has approved awards of 384 Gallantry for armed forces personnel on the eve of Republic Day. The awards include 12 Shaurya Chakras, 3 Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 81 Sena Medals (Gallantry) and 2 Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry).
ANI has also confirmed that Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj has been awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal on the eve of Republic Day. Rashtrapati Bhavan communique issued on Monday has confirmed that Indian President Kovind will address the nation on the eve of the 73rd Republic Day.
Meanwhile, Haryana will also showcase the life-size replica of Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra in the form of a tableau during the Republic Day parade. According to the Directorate of Information, Public Relations and Languages Department, Haryana, a total of ten Olympians will be a part of the tableau.
Neeraj Chopra is only the second Indian individual after Abhinav Bindra to win Olympic gold.
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra not only created history when he clinched a gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics but also fulfilled legendary athlete Milkha Singh's wish to see India bring the biggest laurel of the track and field event.