Asian Games: Neeraj named India's flag-bearer

Asian Games: Neeraj named India's flag-bearer

New Delhi: Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold medal winning javelin thrower of Indian Army's Neeraj Chopra during a press interaction at Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Vijay Verma (PTI4_18_2018_000031B)

Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Friday was named the Indian contingent's flag-bearer for the Asian Games opening ceremony to be held on August 18 in Jakarta.

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra made the announcement on Friday during the send-off ceremony organised for the contingent. The Games will be held from August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

The 20-year-old Neeraj is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion and won a gold in the Savo Games in Finland last month.

Neeraj had won the gold medal in the Asian Athletic championships in 2017 with a throw of 85.23 meters. He had also bagged a gold in the 2016 IAAF World U-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Former Hockey captain Sardar Singh was India's flag-bearer at the 2014 Asian Games.

Indian athletes had won 57 medals, comprising 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze medals in the previous edition at Incheon, South Korea.

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