The Javelin Revolution: MPS student bags bronze at 36th National Junior Athletics Championship


New Delhi: Arjun, a class 9th student of Modern Public School, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi, is making headlines by bagging the bronze medal in Boys U-16 Javelin Throw event at 36th National Junior Athletics Championship held at Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium, Sarusajai, Assam.

The event is organized every year by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) that seeks to promote, encourage, and control athletics in India and provide training facilities to the growing athletes so that they can polish their talent and represent the nation on an international level. The mega sporting event took place from 6th to 10th February 2021 and witnessed the participation of India’s budding athletes from all parts of the country.

While Arjun bagged bronze at the event, he has managed to accrue several gold medals at different state-level meets. He is currently ranked among the top 8 Javelin throwers in India in his age category i.e. U-16 Boys. The young star in the making credits much of his success to his school, stating that he has received complete support, training, and motivation which is allowing him to pursue his dream of becoming a decorated athlete for the country. Ever since Neeraj Chopra shook the world by grabbing the gold in the Javelin throw at the 2021 Olympics, the sport has been receiving a lot of attention and India is looking for its next star – perhaps, Arjun and other talented athletes like him can fill that spot.

This isn’t the first time either when a student of Modern Public School has been in the news for excelling in the sporting arena. Very recently, Kashish Lakra, another modernite earned the mantle of being the youngest athlete from India to qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics 2020, in the Women’s Club Throw F51 category, which in itself is a great feat.

It goes to show that Modern Public School is not only dedicating its energies towards academics but is also focusing on physical activities and sports for the holistic development of its students.

Talking about Arjun’s success at the 36th National Junior Athletics Championship, Alka Kapur, Principal, Modern Public School, Shalimar Bagh, said, “I am extremely happy for Arjun as it is no easy feat to compete on the national level and win a prize. It is not just the top-level competition that you have to deal with, but also the pressure that comes with performing at such a big stage. However, he showed the true MPS spirit and delivered his best. I am certain that he will keep improving even further and represent India in international events soon.”

“MPS has always given equal attention to academics and sports and it is the reason why our students are doing so well in both areas. We will continue to extend our full support to Arjun and other students like him who want to achieve extraordinary feats,” she further added.