It was BCCI, which had made a winning bid of Rs 1.5 crore for Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra’s javelin when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s collection of mementos was e-auctioned last year, a Cricket Board official told PTI.
Chopra had presented one of his javelins to Modi when PM hosted Indian athletes after the Tokyo Games. The javelin was part of many items that were presented during the e-auction, which took place between September and October in 2021.
“As an organisation, we are proud that we have a sporting good of one of India’s greatest athletes,” the official said.
The BCCI had also contributed Rs 51 crore to the PM Cares fund during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apart from Chopra’s javelin, BCCI also bought an angavastra, autographed by the Indian Paralympic contingent for Rs 1 crore.
While Chopra’s javelin was bought by BCCI fetched the highest bid value, fencer Bhavani Devi’s sword fetched Rs 1.25 crore while Paralympic champion javelin thrower Sumit Antil’s javelin was bought for Rs 1.002 crore by other bidders.
Lovlina Borgohain’s boxing gloves were bought for Rs 91 lakh.During the auction last year, 1348 mementoes including sports collectables were put in for the e-auction and a total of 8600 bids were received.
Recently, Chopra donated the javelin he used to win the Olympic gold in Tokyo, to the Lausanne-based Olympic museum. It was confirmed by the official Twitter handle for the Games.
Earlier, Neeraj Chopra qualified for the Diamond League Final.