Fans were excited to watch the match between Neeraj Chopra and Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem in the javelin throw competition of the Asian Games, but now that will not happen. Pakistan’s top javelin thrower Arshad Nadeem has been ruled out of the 2023 Asian Games in Hangzhou due to a knee injury.

Nadeem was considered the main rival of Neeraj Chopra. He looked all set to compete in the javelin throw final on Wednesday, but a last-minute MRI scan revealed that the athlete had suffered a knee injury. This is how they came out.

Neeraj’s nearest rival Arshad Nadeem has the season’s best throw of 87.82 metres. He is considered to be Neeraj’s closest rival. Neeraj’s season’s best is 88.77 metres. Nadeem won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where he crossed the 90 meters mark. Neeraj did not participate in the Commonwealth Games.

Arshad Nadeem had finished second behind Neeraj Chopra at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He became the first athlete from Pakistan to win a medal in the history of the competition. With Nadeem’s withdrawal, the top two javelin throwers in Wednesday’s final will be Neeraj and Kishore Jena. This has increased the chances of winning many medals. Genki Roderick of Japan is the third best thrower with a season’s best throw of 83.15 metres.

Neeraj Chopra and Arshad Nadeem have been friends for a long time. Both the players have won medals in various competitions. Many pictures of both are going viral. Neeraj Chopra has qualified for Tokyo Olympics. On the other hand, Arshad Nadeem has also qualified for the Paris Olympics but his injury has become a matter of concern.