The synergy of body and mind is important to excel in the field of sports. An athlete can not reach his exceptional level of performance until his mind is not coordinating with his body. In the age of consumerism and commodification, everything comes with a price tag and so does a player’s success. After becoming popular with some career-breaking performances, players become a brand and enter into a world where they have name, fame, and glamour. Emboldened by the stardom, they lose the synergy of body and mind, consequently leading to career downfall.
Neeraj Chopra wins silver at World Athletics Championships
The Golden boy, Neeraj Chopra, has once again scripted history at World Athletics Championships. Starting as the favourite for gold, Neeraj Chopra wins a silver medal with the best throw of 88.13 meters. With the medal, the Olympic champion has also become the first Indian Male and only the second Indian after Anju Bobby George to win a medal at the World Championships.
— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) July 24, 2022
After the historic win at the World Championship, Prime Minister Modi congratulated Neeraj Chopra saying, “A great accomplishment by one of our most distinguished athletes! Congratulations to Neeraj Chopra on winning a historic Silver medal at the World Championships. This is a special moment for Indian sports.”
A great accomplishment by one of our most distinguished athletes!
Congratulations to @Neeraj_chopra1 on winning a historic Silver medal at the #WorldChampionships. This is a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes to Neeraj for his upcoming endeavours. https://t.co/odm49Nw6Bx
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 24, 2022
Olympics is the epitome parameter
After clinching the gold medal in the final with a throw of 87.58 m, Chopra became the first Indian to win a gold in athletics in the Olympics. Taking a brief break after winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics, the golden boy resumed his training for the next competition. In the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland, Neeraj Chopra once again bagged the silver medal with a new personal best throw of 89.30 m setting a new national record. Further, in the Stockholm Diamond League, Neeraj Chopra broke his own national record with a best throw of 89.94 m winning a silver medal. And, with the silver medal win at the World Championships in July, Neeraj Chopra continued his consistent performance.
No better feeling than being back on the track! Very happy to start my 2022 season with a Personal Best throw 89.30m. Thank you @paavonurmigames for a great experience and congrats to Oliver Helander for the win. Next stop @KuortaneGames.
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— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) June 15, 2022
— Wanda Diamond League (@Diamond_League) June 30, 2022
Winning a medal at the Olympics is considered the biggest achievement for any athlete. The Olympics is the biggest and toughest competition of sports on earth and is the benchmark of the success and failure of an athlete. India has consistently seen a drought of medals in the Olympics and if a player wins the gold at this event then the level of success can be measured by calculating the overall medal tally.
How Neeraj dealt with Success
Getting gold in the Olympics has become the peak for many athletes in India. Players saturate themselves with the success and write the downfall of their performance. After winning gold in the Beijing Olympics, Abhinav Bindra also went through a severe mental illness. Getting the best rewards of the career and celebration and glory brought a different kind of void. He said, “Dealing with success was the hardest time in my life.”
Speaking about the void after fulfilling the highest dream, he said, “One fine day, this dream, the goal was achieved but it created a very large void in my life. I think to me that was very challenging. I was depressed and lost. I did not know what to do with my life and what to do next. That was probably the toughest movement of my life.”
Similarly, Sushil Kumar, a two-time Olympic medallist in wrestling ended up in jail in connection with the murder of former junior national wrestling champion Sagar Dhankar. There are multiple such stories where athletes lost the psychological battle of success and destroyed their careers.
Character defines Neeraj’s performance
Neeraj Chopra reached his career peak in August 2021. Winning gold was not only the highest event of his life but India too had the same dream. Celebration, name, fame, and glory, everything is under his control, and his brand value is at its peak. After the win at the World Championships, Chopra will further become the No.1 choice for advertisers, according to an official of JSW Sports, who manages Chopra’s brand portfolio.
In a country where most of the celebrity space is occupied by superficial Bollywood actors or cricketers, Neeraj’s performance has outshone everyone. His authenticity and originality in characters are not only loved by common people but also by advertisers. Currently, Chopra is one of the top trusted celebrities in India and the impact of his genuine character on society is huge.
In the time of glory, he assimilates himself with the highest form of humility and starves to excel in tournaments that are less valuable than the Olympics. His desi character makes him strong with both body and mind. Untouched by the momentous glory of the Olympics, Chopra is continuously striving to perform in the field. In the scenario, where mind and body work with synergy, the Golden Boy of India will continue to outperform everyone in Javelin throw.
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