Tokyo Olympics 2020 gold medallist, javelin-thrower Neeraj Chopra has been an object of adoration, especially over social media, since his return from the games. The nation waits with bated breath and has ears for all he has to say.
Recently, he posted on his social media, sharing a key moment in his life.
Chopra was able to take his parents on their first flight journey on Saturday, September 11.
“A small dream of mine came true today as I was able to take my parents on their first flight,” he wrote along with the photos.
A small dream of mine came true today as I was able to take my parents on their first flight.
आज जिंदगी का एक सपना पूरा हुआ जब अपने मां – पापा को पहली बार फ्लाइट पर बैठा पाया। सभी की दुआ और आशिर्वाद के लिए हमेशा आभारी रहूंगा 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/Kmn5iRhvUf
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) September 11, 2021
He has made himself the second most profitable athlete in the nation, after Virat Kohli. There is word of his endorsement rates hiking as far as 10-fold.
All winners have seen major shifts in numbers when it comes to social media and engagement, which can also make endorsements lucrative. Neeraj Chopra’s combined social media following on Twitter and Instagram grew from just over two lakhs to 42 lakhs. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, who had 90,000 Instagram followers before the Games, now has 8.6 lakh followers.
All medal winners at the Olympics have been seeing an influx of endorsements and deals along with the adoration they have received from the masses.
Sportswoman Mirabai Chanu, who brought in India’s first medal at the Tokyo games. She won the silver medal for India on day one at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in the women’s 49 kg weightlifting event and that seems to have made a sensation overnight, just like Chopra. She has endorsed Adidas apparel and according to her team, is receiving offers for everything ranging from women’s healthcare to tyres.
Chopra won the gold medal in the men’s javelin final, throwing 87.58m. Ever since his return to India after the historic win, his lack of training and minor illness forced Neeraj to take a break. He also blamed the incessant celebration of his win that kept him busy and away from focusing on his health and fitness. He did make a promise, however, to come back stronger next season which includes the World Championships.