Jeremy Lalrinnunga’s Commonwealth Games gold: Birmingham win cheers Army sports institute in Pune

PUNE based Army Sports Institute (ASI) and its Boys Sports Company celebrated as Naib Subedar Jeremy Lalrinnunga wins weightlifting gold medal at Birmingham Commonwealth Games In the men’s 67kg category on Sunday. And why not? Naib Subedar, 19, a resident of Aizawl, Mizoram, has trained at Boys Sports Company and ASI, apart from various national level camps. “Indian Army congratulates Naib Subedar Jeremy Lalrinnunga for winning the Gold Medal in Weightlifting by lifting a total of 300 kg in the men’s 67kg final at the Commonwealth Games 2022,” the Indian Army tweeted after his victory. Lalrinnunga is one of the 16 ASI athletes participating in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Naib Sub Lalrinnunga broke two Commonwealth Games records by lifting a total of 300 kg with a total lift of 140 kg in snatch and 160 kg in clean and jerk.

Naib Sub Lalrinnunga grew up in Aizawl along with his four siblings, officials said. His talent was noticed in January 2012 by some athletes from Mizoram who were associated with ASI. In September 2012, he joined Boys Sports Company at ASI and began specialized training in weightlifting.

In October 2018, he grabbed the nation’s attention by winning gold in the 62 kg boys’ category at the 3rd Summer Youth Olympics. In May 2019, he joined the Army as Naib Subedar in the 17th Battalion of the Brigade of Guards. Along with coaching in national camps, Naib Sub Lalrinnunga has trained under three coaches from Boys Sports Company and ASI. In December 2021, he qualified for the Commonwealth Games.

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The Boys Sports Company at ASI was established in January 2006 as part of the Army’s Mission Olympic program to spot talent at an early age. Boys in the age group of eight to 14 years are selected through an open process. An attached school of CBSE pattern helps the students to complete their studies simultaneously.

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ASI was established in July 2001 as the premier sports training establishment of the Army under Mission Olympic to tap the talent pool of players serving in the Army. Tokyo Gold Medalist Subedar Neeraj Chopra, who is also from ASI, received a significant portion of his coaching, training and administrative support at the institute along with many other Olympians and athletes from Asian and Commonwealth Games.