After Subedar Neeraj Chopra earned first ever gold in athletics in Tokyo Olympics 2021, Indian Army has decided to name the Army Sports Institute to Neeraj Chopra Army Sports Stadium. The stadium resides on the campus of the Southern Command.
Official naming ceremony for Neeraj Chopra Sports Stadium held on August 23 and was carried out by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. On the event, Rajnath Singh was accompanied by the Army chief General M M Narvane and Lieutenant Governer JS Nain on this tour.
On this occasion, Rajnath Singh facilitate Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra the other Olympians.
“The stadium is of international standard where all athletes are trained every daily. We have improved the facility recently. Since the stadium is not named after any prominent figure, we thought to name it after Neeraj Chopra as the best gift on his first visit to the ASI after winning the Olympic Gold medal,” an army officer said.
About Neeraj Chopra Army Sports Stadium
The Neeraj Chopra Army Sports Stadium was constructed and commissioned in 2006. It has a 400m synthetic track and sitting arrangements for spectators. Neeraj Chopra, who joined the Indian Army as JCO completed his early stage training of Javelin throwing at the ASI.
About Army Sports Institute
Army Sports Institute (ASI) was set up in 2001 under the Mission Olympics programme. ASI is a multi-disciplinary sports training institute. It is the first Sports Academy in India to change the face of sporting culture in India which is located in Pune.
It is a unique, multi-disciplinary Sports Institute which imparts training in seven sports: Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Diving, Wrestling, Fencing and Weightlifting. Training is given by internationally renowned foreign & Indian coaches and qualified physical trainers. They are supported by a team of specialists in sports medicine, sports physiology, sports psychology, bio-mechanics and nutrition. ASI provides state of the art training infrastructure, equipment, accommodation, environment and Sports Sciences Centre.