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Will take a call on retirement after Asian Para Games: Jhajharia

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

India's greatest says a nagging might force him to consider retirement after the ongoing Asian Games here.

The 37-year-old thrower won gold at the 2004 Athens Games before repeating the feat with a world record effort in the 2016 Rio edition.

"I will consider retirement after the Asian Games, once I discuss with my family, coaches and friends. The thought has come to my mind as I have been dealing with a for the past one and a half years," told from

"My shoulder has a tear and I have not been able to recover from that fully. That is why I am thinking whether I should continue or not. For now I have my event on 11th (October) and only when I get back to I will think about retirement," said the

Will he carry on till the 2020 Games?

"As I said, it is only after the that I can decide whether I can go on till 2020. I will be almost 40 in So it needs to be discussed with all the people involved and then I will take a call.

"The shoulder tear cannot be cured fully. You have to do regular rehab. So I will need to look at all of that before taking the final call," said the from

It has been a long career for who was awarded Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour, alongside player in 2017.

He picked his two gold as the highlight of his career.

"I started competing in 95 with able bodied athletes. In 2002 started my international career in para with Busan gold (they were called FESPIC Games back then).

"It has been 16 years since then and I have been winning medals for the country. If I have to pick, the Rio gold was big for me, to break the world record after 12 years. I worked really hard for that.

"The 2004 gold was special mainly because there were no facilities back then," he added.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 13:10 IST