'They're trying to cheat us,' alleges Anju Bobby as Neeraj's 1st throw invalidated
AFI vice-president Anju Bobby George, an Asiad gold medallist, alleged that the Chinese officials tried to disturb Neeraj Chopra by invalidating his first throw, which supposedly landed at a distance of 86 metres.
Anju Bobby George, Athletics Federation of India vice-president, alleged that the Chinese officials tried to disturb Neeraj Chopra by invalidating his first throw, which supposedly landed at a distance of 87 metres.
The officials present at the field took more than ten minutes to determine the length of his first throw but eventually cancelled it and forced Neeraj to reattempt it. Neeraj came up with a below-par throw of 82.38 metres in his second attempt.
"I think they were trying to cheat us," alleged Anju, an Asian Games gold medallist.
"They were trying to disturb our athletes because it was a very good throw from both (Neeraj and Kishore Kumar Jena) of them," she added.
"But Neeraj is an Olympian. He will do it. The same things happened to many athletes. This is not the first time. Yesterday, Annu's (Annu Rani) throw was measured after five minutes of throw. If case first throw is the best throw what they will do in the remaining throws? We told Neeraj to protest there itself," Anju further added.
Kishore Kumar Jena's third attempt was flagged red before the officials restored it. Kishore came up with an 86.77m throw in that attempt.
Neeraj eventually won the gold medal with an 88.88m throw, while Kishore settled for silver with 87.54m, pipping bronze medallist Genki Dean of Japan.
Earlier on October 2, a big controversy broke out when silver medallist Jyothi Yarraji was about to be eliminated from her 110m hurdles final.
Immediately after the gun was fired the race was stopped by the officials for a false start by the Chinese runner Wu Yanni.
The judges reviewed the start of the race at the on-field screen and then disqualified Yanni according to the rule. But surprisingly, they asked Yarraji too to step out of the race.
Yarraji, however, protested and ran the race to finish third. Wu was later disqualified, and Yarraji's bronze was upgraded to silver.