The training session was first planned to be held at Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports at Patiala in Punjab. As it was very cold there, the plan was changed and the athletes came to Kalinga Stadium for practice. Other javelin throwers had also come with him for practice.
During his two month’s stay from December 2020, Neeraj had appreciated the climate of the State and hospitality of Odia people.
Twenty-three-year-old Chopra grabbed the gold medal at Tokyo Olympics with 87.58 m throw in the finals held on Saturday.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan congratulated him for winning the gold.