Bhubaneswar: India’s top javelin throwers, including Olympic bound Neeraj Chopra and Shivpal Singh, started their month-long training camp at Kalinga Stadium on Friday.
The team has shifted its base from the cold NIS Patiala to the capital of Odisha at the height of winter, which is relatively warm in Punjab.
Other javelin throwers are Anu Rani, Rohit Yadav and Rajinder Singh. They have coaches Uwe Hon and Dr Klaus.
“We are here to train for the Olympics 2021. In 2017 (Asian Championships), I have won gold here and have memories of the city. With our best efforts, we hope to do well in the Olympics,” said Chopra, the Asian Games gold medalist.
Chopra and Shivpal have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in January in South Africa. The entire domestic athletics calendar has been wiped out due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
A detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been prepared for the training of athletes and their safety is considered a priority, AFI said.
SOP has developed a comprehensive set of COVID-19 protocols and guidelines.

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