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TURKU (Finland): Tokyo Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra is set for his highly anticipated return to competition at the 2022 Paavo Nurmi Games, to be held here at the Paavo Nurmi Stadium in Turku, Finland on Tuesday.
The Indian javelin superstar hasn’t competed since winning his historic gold medal at Tokyo 2020. The 24-year-old’s return to the court will be nothing short of a baptism of fire, however.
The Paavo Nurmi Games, a gold event on the World Athletics Continental Tour, is one of the biggest track and field competitions outside of the Diamond League and this year’s event has super stacked ground.
Besides Neeraj Chopra, reigning world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada, Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic and London 2012 Olympic gold medalist Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago will participate in the 10-athlete men’s javelin throwing competition in Turku.
German ace Johannes Vetter, Chopra’s great rival, was originally scheduled to compete in Turku but pulled out. His compatriots Julian Weber and Andreas Hofmann are however on the entry list.
Out of competition for nearly 10 months, Neeraj Chopra will have his work cut out against a star-studded field, most of whom have been in full competition mode.
Peters and Vadlejch broke the 90m mark this season at the Doha Diamond League. Peters’ gold medal throw of 93.07m in Doha is the best of the season in 2022.
Chopra, the only Indian to compete at the Paavo Nurmi Games, will be looking to get back into shape ahead of the World Championships in Athletics and the Commonwealth Games next month.
After Turku, Neeraj Chopra will take part in the Kuortane Games in Finland before heading to Sweden for the Stockholm stage of the Diamond League.


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