Paris Olympics 2024: Javelin Thrower Manu DP set to train in South Africa

Indian javelin thrower Manu DP has been cleared by Mission Olympic Cell to train in South Africa ahead of the Paris Olympics 2024.

Manu DP in a file photo (image credits- twitter@News18Sports)
By Soumya | Mar 4, 2024 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) has approved Asian Athletics Championship silver medallist Manu DP’s proposal to train in Potchefstroom, South Africa for 32 days. The MOC approved javelin thrower Manu’s plan in their 125th meeting in New Delhi.

DP Manu is all set to head to North West University High-Performance Centre in Potchefstroom, South Africa, in the first week of March. Manu is currently being trained at the Army Sports Institute (ASI) in Pune.

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In their 125th meeting, the Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) approved Manu’s proposal to train in South Africa for 32 days. During his stint there, he will compete in various local athletics events to prepare himself for the upcoming season.

Earlier this year MOC, under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) had also approved Olympic Gold medallist Neeraj Chopra’s proposal to train at the same location where Manu is now planning to train.

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On the other hand, ace javelin thrower, Neeraj Chopra will head to Gloria Sports Arena in Turkey for 79 days before starting his season ahead of the upcoming Paris Olympics. The proposal for the same was approved during the 124th MOC meeting.

With the excitement building for the Paris 2024 Olympics in July and August, Manu will be giving his best to meet the men’s javelin throw qualifying standards for the mega event, set at 85.5m. Interestingly, only two Indians, Neeraj Chopra and Kishore Jena, have breached the mark.

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In addition to DP Manu, MOC has also approved Indian shooter Esha Singh’s proposal for financial assistance to cover ammunition testing and grip customization at Italy’s Pardini Factory. Esha Singh will head to Tuscany, Italy, alongside her coach for this purpose.

Under the TOPS funding, MYAS will cover their Airfare, boarding/lodging costs, local transportation costs, OPA (for Manu and his coach), and Grip Making & weapon servicing charges (for Esha) among other expenditures.

With the coming of new javelin throwers in the circuit like Max Dehning, Paris is going to be a tricky and tough challenge to steer through.

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