Tokyo Olympic Gold Medalist Subedaar Neeraja Chopra Receives Padma Shri

Neeraj Chopra, India’s Olympic gold medalist in Tokyo, got the Padma Shri Award at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The javelin superstar, dressed in a Kurta-pyjama with a Nehru jacket and watched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accepted the medal from President Ram Nath Kovind.

Neeraj Chopra was one of eight athletes to receive the Padma Shri Award for their efforts in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics last year.

Neeraj Chopra attended the Civil Investiture Ceremony-II at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where he was awarded one of the highest civilian honours. Every year on Republic Day, the Padma Shri award is conferred for meritorious achievement in any subject.

Neeraj Chopra caught the nation’s interest as he ended India’s long wait for an Olympic gold medal in track and field. In the men’s javelin final, the 24-year-old swept away the rest of the competition, earning the elusive gold medal with a best throw of 87.58 m, throwing the nation of a billion-plus into a frenzy.

On the night of the major final in Tokyo, Neeraj was the epitome of confidence, dominating the men’s javelin competition. He lifted his arms in joy after launching the 87.58 m throw on his second try, which proved to be the winning effort.

Devendra Jhajharia, India’s women’s hockey team star, Vandana Katariya, and Tokyo Paralympic gold medalists Avani Lekhara, Sumit Antil, and Pramod Bhagat are among those who have received the Padma Shri Award.

Notable recipients of the Khel Ratna Award for 2021 include Neeraj Chopra, Avani Lekhara, Sumit Antil, and Pramod Bhagat. President Ram Nath Kovind will also award Neeraj the Param Vishisht Seva Medal on the night of Republic Day.