Neeraj Chopra named Laureus Ambassador

 Yuvraj Singh and Neeraj Chopra
Laureus Ambassadors Yuvraj Singh and Neeraj Chopra. Photo: Special Arrangement

New Delhi: Star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was named Laureus Ambassador, pledging his support to Laureus Sport for Good, here on Wednesday.

The reigning world, Olympic and Asian Games champion's involvement with Laureus dates back to last year when he was shortlisted for the Breakthrough of the Year award at the Laureus World Sports Awards as a result of winning the first track and field gold for India at the Tokyo Olympics.

“It’s a big honour for me to join Laureus as an Ambassador. To use my platform and the power of sport to help young people in India and around the world is something I am looking forward to doing. To see the many legends that have been a part of this programme and the difference they have made in the world is inspiring, and I share the same belief; that sport has the power to change the world,” said Chopra.

“I’ve heard about the many programmes that Laureus supports in India, and the stories remind me of the many ways in which we can help young people. Every athlete knows that sport can be a big part of that story. People are watching and following my sport now more than ever and I believe that, working with Laureus Sport for Good, I can use that platform to change lives,” he added.

The global foundation supports over 300 programmes that use sports to eradicate inequality and discrimination for young people around the world.

Chopra joins a unique team of elite athletes from across the generations, including Academy Members and icons of Indian sports such as Kapil Dev, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. 

Laureus Ambassador and former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh said: “As a fellow Laureus Ambassador, I am looking forward to talking to Neeraj about our ideas to make a difference in India and beyond. It is so impressive to see an athlete at the peak of his powers, with his best years still to come, already looking beyond his own sporting ambitions and considering the ways he can use his platform for good.”

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