My entire focus is on sports, biopic can wait until I win more medals: Neeraj Chopra

Ever
since
the
Haryana-born
javelin
thrower
scripted
history
by
becoming
the
first
Indian
to
win
an
Olympic
gold
medal
in
track
and
field
events,
there
have
been
talks
about
what
his
biopic
would
look
like
and
who
would
play
him
on
screen.
But
sports,
Chopra
says,
remains
his
priority.

“I
have
been
approached
to
do
biopics
but
I
think
what
I
have
achieved
is
just
the
beginning.
This
was
my
first
Olympics.
I
want
to
win
more
medals.
I
don’t
want
the
movie
to
flop,”
Chopra
said
at
the
Times
Now
Summit
2021.

“If
I
can
win
more
medals,
I
think
then
the
movie
too
will
be
a
hit.
Right
now,
my
entire
focus
is
on
sports,
I
haven’t
thought
about
Bollywood,”
he
added.

During
the
Tokyo
Games,
the
23-year-old
farmer’s
son
from
Khandra
village
near
Panipat
produced
a
second
round
throw
of
87.58m
in
the
finals
to
stun
the
athletics
world
and
end
India’s
100-year
wait
for
a
track
and
field
medal
in
the
Olympics.

Asked
to
recollect
the
moment,
Chopra
said:
“When
I
threw
the
javelin,
I
wasn’t
thinking
about
the
medal
but
was
confident
that
mine
was
the
best
throw.

“To
be
honest,
until
the
last
throw
you
are
never
sure
because
there
are
world
champions
and
Olympic
champions
at
that
time.
For
example,
the
Czech
thrower
made
a
throw
of
more
than
89
metres,
so
you
never
know
who
will
make
a
throw
that
will
exceed
that.
We
need
to
be
focused
till
the
end
of
the
competition.
I
want
to
achieve
the
90
metre
distance
in
future
games.”

Former
India
hockey
captain
and
goalkeeper
of
the
historic
Olympic
bronze
medal-winning
team,
PR
Sreejesh,
too,
revealed
that
a
movie
on
his
life
is
in
the
offing.
“Yes,
I
have
been
approached
for
a
biopic
and
the
talks
are
going,”
he
said.

The
veteran
goalkeeper
said
the
team’s
performance
in
the
2014
Asian
Games
turned
the
fortunes
of
Indian
hockey.
“When
in
2008
we
could
not
qualify,
we
were
under
tremendous
pressure
for
the
next
four
years.
There
was
a
lot
of
negative
talks
around
the
Indian
hockey
team,
some
even
saying
that
it
was
a
black
day
for
Indian
hockey.

“In
2012,
when
we
went
to
the
London
Olympics,
even
then
our
efforts
were
criticised
because
we
didn’t
win
any
match.

“Things
changed
after
2014
when
we
made
it
to
the
semi-finals
in
the
Asian
Games
in
Incheon
and
especially
when
we
defeated
Pakistan.
People
were
hopeful
about
us
after
that.
There
is
always
a
lot
of
expectations
when
you
go
for
the
Olympics.
And
in
2016
we
made
it
to
the
quarter-final.

“Now
that
we
have
won
a
medal
in
the
recent
Olympics,
we
understand
that
this
is
something
that
has
not
happened
overnight.
There
has
been
a
change
in
people’s
thought
process
after
the
recent
win
in
the
Olympics,
after
Neeraj
won
the
gold.

“There
has
been
a
change
in
people’s
attitude
towards
sports.
People
have
started
to
show
confidence
in
Indian
sportspersons,
that
they
can
go
to
Olympics
and
win
medals.”

Sreejesh
said
for
India
to
become
a
top
sporting
nation,
the
thought
process
towards
sports
in
general
needs
to
change.

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