When he threw javelin a little over 88 metres and as part of the follow through took the handstand position, experts said, it was a smart follow through, fans will not be able to term as antic
Michael Banerjee, Opinion@The Hush Post: The biggest tragedy with the tennis great Andre Agassi was his hair-erosion and success was directly proportional. His hairline receded each time he struck the winning shots at the Green Meadows or the Wembley. Agassi, who courted and kissed Brooke Shield and later Steffi Graff were two completely different men – as different as a rockstar and a monk.
Our very own Neeraj Chopra is so similar to Andre Aggasi — a rebel, who is shy and wants to make a statement through his long hair. Neeraj like Aggasi may not mind the receding hairline if that gets him more medals. But that’s going too far in imagination.
When he threw the javelin a little over 88 metres and as part of the follow through he took the handstand position, experts said, it was a smart follow through, which fans will not be able to term as antic, many sportsmen are used to doing.
Talking about making statements through antics, Aggasi was once told by a coach at the under-14 tennis coaching camp that he would amount to nothing as a player. With as many as eight grand slams under his belt and playing a game as exhausting as tennis, from the time of the ascendency of George W Bush (Senior) as President of the US in 1986 to George Bush (Junior) in 2006 isn’t a joke. How did it happen? He wanted to prove his coach wrong and that there was any connection between his long fashionable hair and his tennis.
An Army man who doesn’t go for crew-cut
That is what probably, Neeraj Chopra proves that there is little one can read from his long flowy hair. And one gets a double shock to know Neeraj is a Naib-subedar in the Indian Army but hasn’t cared for a crew-cut.
Raised in a joint family of 17 people, this Haryana boy from Khandra village in Panipat remained greedy. He participated in the state-level tournaments without success for three years. He didn’t care about position, or podium finish or his hair. He cared about his technique and perfection and others looked at his hairstyle till the javelin landed 88.06 metres, six metres ahead of the silver medallist Liu Qizhen of China at Jakarta.