Indian weightlifter, Youth Games Olympics Gold medalist, Jeremy Lalrinnunga currently staying in NIS Patiala. He is spending his time by playing games, speaking to the family on video call. It consists two- time training inside his room in Patiala, this is typical day at NIS, for the young weightlifter.
As the athletes now face the race against time to regain competitive touch because the nationwide lockdown has been detrimental for the athletes, especially the ones in running for the Tokyo Olympics.
Jeremy Lalrinnunga might only be 17, but for him there’s always a lot riding on whenever he steps on the platform to lift the barbell bars weighing much more than his body weight.
The 17-year-old Jeremy is among a select few in pole position to represent India at the games next year. Not lifting weight is a concern as he is losing muscle mass but all that will be recovered with in a month’s training, and he will clinch the qualifying berth when competition resumes.
“It does have a bit of impact, I can feel it in my body, ” Jeremy tod Mail Today.
When Jeremy clinched gold medal at the Youth Olympics 2018 in Buenos Aries, he shot his fame and since then, he has shifted to 67 kg category from his usual 62 kgs and also clinched his first senior national crown earlier this year.
Born into a family of athletes, all Lalrinnunga is doing is fulfilling his father’s dream. He broke records including three world youth and three senior national numbers, at the 2019 Asian Championships.
In Qatar Cup last December, on way to his personal best of 306 kgs (140+166) , Lalrinnunga broke 27 records, which were three youth world, three Asian youth and six commonwealth.
“It’s been more three months of being loackdown in the room. It do get worked up being alone but the habit of being away from the family, focusing solely on weightlifting, has somehow kept me going. I generally work on my strengthening and core, which is crucial for lifters if they are not lifting weight. I believe in a month, I can regain all muscle, mass and strength. I will be competition ready then.
As far my routine is concerned, it does get a bit boring. I strictly follow training and meal, don’t skip either, but i keep myself busy by planning video games on my laptop, like Call of Duty or GTA 5. I sometimes play PUBG on phone with friends while i keep my evenings for chat with the family, ” he said.
The postponement of Olympics doesn’t came as a shock for Jeremy. However, he believes being on trender age, time is on his side, as his fast-tracked career from the youth games in 2018 to senior contention has motivated him to bid for Tokyo.
He explained, “The Olympic postponement might have been disastrous for many athletes. They have worked for it for many years. For me, i don’t worry about it much. Youth Olympics was my dream start, and I marched on with success in the senior category. It was coach Vijay (Sharma) sir who told me I should be serious about competing in Tokyo, and I started working on it since last year. Now with a year extension, I have more time to prepare.”
As now, India’s Sports Authority granting permission for athletes in Patiala and Bengaluru to resume training under strict guidelines, Jeremy feels it will be bit crucial to take things easily. The athletes can’t afford to begin recklessness in terms of training or health hazards, owning to COVID-19 pandemic.
“When we train in rooms, we follow instructions from coach as well as our physio as it is important to not get injured. I’m glad we can resume training outside soon but we have to be careful.
The ongoing situation has put the World under loackdown. We can’t think about heading home right now. So we have to be careful when we approach outdoor training. It will be good for us as we will be able to regain momentum.”