Arshad said, Neeraj bhai is my brother. I am missing him here. May Allah keep them healthy and I get a chance to compete with them soon. This camaraderie between the Indo-Pak rivals started during their participation in the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati.
Whether it is about the battlefield or the playground. Whenever India and Pakistan come face to face, the enthusiasm and passion of both the countries becomes high. India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has been ruled out of the Commonwealth Games 2022 due to injury. Neeraj’s exit in the Commonwealth Game is as much frustrating to the Indian fans as it is to the people of Pakistan. Neeraj is being considered a strong contender to win the gold medal but due to his exclusion from the game, Pakistan player Arshad Nadeem is very disappointed. Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem says that he will miss Neeraj in the Commonwealth Games because he is part of a family.
Neeraj had won a historic silver at the World Championships last month with a throw of 88.13m, with Arshad finishing fifth, though he became the first Pakistani to qualify for the finals. Neeraj decided to pull out of the Commonwealth Games due to a ‘groin strain’ while Arshad is expected to be on the podium with Grenada’s Anderson Peters. Peters is a strong contender for the gold medal having won a gold medal at the recent World Championships.
Arshad said, Neeraj bhai is my brother. I am missing him here. May Allah keep them healthy and I get a chance to compete with them soon. This camaraderie between the Indo-Pak rivals started during their participation in the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati. When Neeraj won the gold medal in the Asian Games four years ago, Arshad got the bronze medal. Then this Indian did not show warmth towards the Pakistani player but now it is not so.
Arshad said, he is a good person. In the beginning, you remain a little reserved. When you start getting to know each other, you start opening up. We have very good friendship. I hope he continues to perform for India and I keep doing good for my country. We are both impressed. We are like a family.
Arshad’s fifth-place finish at the World Championships can be called a good performance as he has made a comeback from injury after the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He still has this elbow injury. The 25-year-old said, “After the Tokyo Olympics, I have participated in the World Championship after a long gap, I am feeling good about my sport. I still have an elbow injury and it is undergoing treatment.
Neeraj’s Olympic gold medal made him a star
Neeraj’s Olympic gold medal made him an overnight star in the eyes of the entire nation. Arshad has a long way to go to reach there, but he says he is getting a lot of support from his government as well. Arshad said, the way Neeraj Bhai is getting fame in your country, I have got a lot of support from my government and people. I am thankful for this.