Reacting on his coach Uwe Hohn voicing concerns over the delay in procuring equipment, insufficient support staff and poor diet, Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Sunday said that "things can't happen in a jiffy" in a big country.
In an exclusive interview to ANI, the Commonwealth gold medallist said: "Ours is a huge country, things can't happen in a jiffy."
"My coach, Uwe Hohn is from Germany, so sports system there is different from what we have here. He has written to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) so that I can go out and focus on training for 2-3 months. Right now, training is fine but as programmes are happening here and there, I have to attend them which hampers my training. He is in talks but things are getting delayed because of holidays and Christmas," he added.
Chopra, who bagged gold in Asian Games while clocked a national record (87.43 metres) to finish fourth in IAAF Diamond League, also lauded the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore for "doing pretty good things for sports in the nation."
"They have run Khelo India and they are working more. I hope in the coming year's things will get better," he added.
When quizzed about his preparations for Olympics Tokyo 2020, Chopra said: "First of all I have World Championship next year, so I am preparing for it. If things go well then automatically I will be motivated for Olympics. I have my target set on the Olympics.
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