World No. 1 javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who is recovering from a muscle strain, is likely to return to action for the sixth stage of the Wanda Diamond League in Lausanne on June 30. There has been no official confirmation from the reigning Olympic champion as yet, but the official website of the competition said the Indian will be seen in action in the month-end meet. “In the javelin, Chopra will be challenged by the Czech Jakub Vadlejch and German Julian Weber,” the website has stated.
Chopra had announced on Twitter last month that he had sustained a muscle strain during his training and, as a precautionary measure, he had pulled out of the FBK Games in the Netherlands (June 4) and the Paavo Nurmi meet in Finland (June 13). The 25-year-old is also out of action in the ongoing National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar.
He also has a scheduled tournament at the Golden Spike Ostrava in the Czech Republic on June 27 but an official announcement is awaited. The 25-year-old had won the Doha Diamond League on May 5 with a throw of 88. 67m, capping off a perfect start to the season.