Ace Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has pulled out of the Top Athletics event in Lucerne, Switzerland. This would have been his third event of the week after winning the Karlstad Open in Sweden and finishing third at the Kuortane Games in Finland.

Well-placed sources have confirmed to Sportstar that Neeraj has not pulled out due to injury and that his withdrawal is a precautionary measure to ensure he is well-rested ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. The 23-year-old reached Portugal in the first week of June in search of more competitions and has been on the road since.

He began his international season by winning the City of Lisbon athletics meet with a best throw of 82.18m on June 10 and followed it up with a below-average performance of 80.96m at the Karlstad Open in Sweden. The reigning Asian and Commonwealth Games champion then managed only two clean throws and finished third…

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