NEW DELHI: Olympic shuttler champion Neeraj Chopra, who won the Diamond League in Lusa last week, says the focus will be on physical and mental fitness ahead of the World Championships in August, but there is no pressure to break the 90m mark.
Diamond, who has missed three majors due to a hamstring strain, returned to the Lausanne stage of the Diamond League last week with a distance of 87.66m to retain the top spot for the second time in a row. He opened the Diamond League of the session with a career-best fourth throw of 88.67 meters in Doha on 5 May.
Speaking, Niraj Chopra said that now his focus is on getting 100 percent fit to compete in the World Championships to be held in Budapest, Hungary from August 19 to 27. Chopra said that till now I have not won gold from the world championships and this time I have to work hard to fulfill this wish.
Now his focus will be only on physical and mental endurance. He also has to think very carefully about the selection of the first tournament so that he stays free from any kind of injury and also maintains his fitness. He is focusing on physical and mental fitness ahead of the World Championships in August.
But he says that there is no pressure to clear the 90 meter barrier. Neeraj Chopra said that there are as many big players as there are. He keeps himself ready till every last throw. I won the gold medal at the Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar on the sixth throw.
I am so confident that if the first throw does not go well, I will make up for it in the last throw. Chopra has modified his technique with many improvements. But efforts are still on to improve. He said, I don’t change the technique because my body has adapted to it. I am constantly trying to improve. The rest is all a brain game. It is necessary to keep a positive thought.