Neeraj Chopra Stands Up for Javelin Thrower Kishore Jena as Hungary Cancels Visa for World Championships

Indian Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has expressed support for fellow javelin thrower Kishore Kumar Jena, who faces the possibility of missing the World Athletics Championship in Hungary due to a cancelled visa issued by the Hungarian embassy. Chopra emphasizes the significance of finding a solution for Jena’s visa issue as the championship is a crucial moment in an athlete’s career.

Indian Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra has taken a stand to support fellow javelin thrower Kishore Kumar Jena, who might miss the upcoming World Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary, from August 19-27 due to the cancellation of his visa by the Hungarian embassy in India.

Chopra is urging authorities to swiftly address the issue, highlighting that the World Championship holds significant importance in an athlete’s career.

Kishore Kumar Jena was among the three Indian athletes qualified for the men’s javelin throw event in Budapest, along with Neeraj Chopra and D.P. Manu. The qualification round of men’s javelin throw is set for August 25, while the final is scheduled for the concluding day of the Championship on August 27. Jena was originally scheduled to depart for Hungary on August 20.

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) brought attention to Jena’s visa problems through a social media post, revealing that his one-month visa for the World Championship was inexplicably cancelled by the Embassy of Hungary in Delhi.

“Setback for javelin thrower Kishore Kumar Jena as Embassy of Hungary in Delhi has cancelled his one-month #visa for reasons unknown. He is doubtful for the World Championships,” AFI tweeted, tagging the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and World Athletics.

“Odisha javelin thrower Kishore Kumar Jena was issued a 1-month Schengen visa last month. He was to leave for Budapest on August 20. If visa (is) cancelled, he can’t compete,” AFI added in the tweet.

Neeraj Chopra expressed his concern and hopes for a resolution of the visa issue.

“Just heard that there are issues with Kishore Jena’s Visa, preventing him from entering Hungary for the World C’ships. I hope the authorities are able to find a solution, as this is one of the biggest moments of his career. Let’s do everything we can,” Chopra tweeted.

Jena, who hails from Odisha, has recently demonstrated good form by winning the gold medal in the Sri Lanka National Athletics Meet on July 30, achieving a personal best throw of 84.38 meters. He had earlier secured qualification for both the World Athletics Championships in Budapest and the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, with the same impressive throw.

-IANS

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