Commonwealth Gold Medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga Felicitated by The Indian Army Chief


In an exclusively held felicitation ceremony at the Delhi Cannt, Army Chief, General Manoj Pande on Wednesday, 10th of August, felicitated the eight medal winners from the Indian Army who excelled in the recent Commonwealth 2022.  

Of the eight proud medallists from the Indian army, belongs Jeremy Lalrinnunga, who hails from the northeastern state of Mizoram and is a native of Aizawl, made the Army and the northeast proud by bagging a Gold medal in the 67kg men’s weightlifting.

Jeremy Lalrinnunga was one of the eighteen sportspersons from the Indian Army who participated in the Commonwealth 2022 as part of the Indian contingent in Birmingham and of which eight managed to bag medals. Jeremy currently serves in the rank of a Naib Subedar in the Indian Army in the 17th Battalion of the Brigade of the Guards. He joined the Indian Army in May 2019.

Jeremy Lalrinnuga, notably, became the second Indian sportsperson to win a Gold in Birmingham 2022.

Taking to the micro-blogging social media site Twitter, Jeremy tweeted, “There is no greater honour than serving for your nation and to be recognised and felicitated by the Chief of Army Staff for bringing a Gold Medal gives me a sense of pride that I have done something good for my country.” “I am really proud to be part of the Indian Army”, Jeremy further added.

Jeremy prior to his current success in the Birmingham 2022, in October 2018 brought pride to the nation by bagging a Gold in the 62kg boys’ category in the 3rd Summer Youth Olympics.

Jeremy’s sports skills were spotted by a group of athletes from Mizoram in January 2012 who were associated with the Army Sports Institute (ASI) of Pune. Later in September 2012, he joined the Boys Sports Company at the ASI and started specialized training in weightlifting. His success has brought pride to the institute as well.

Jeremy bagged the medal by setting a new record of 300kg in the 67kg category in the Commonwealth 2022. He lifted a total of 300kg i.e, 140kg in snatch and 160kg in clean and jerk.

Apart from Jeremy Lalrinnunga, the seven other medallists felicitated by the Army Chief are, Gold winners Havildar Achinta Sheuli, Subedar Amit Panghal, and Subedar Deepak Punia, Silver winner Naib Subedar Avinash Sable and Bronze winners Havildar Deepak Nehra, Subedar Mohammad Hussamuddin, and Subedar Sandeep Kumar.

A press release by the Indian Army taking pride in the feat that its rank holders have achieved stated that these medals are results of the “Mission Olympic Programme”, that the Army conceptualized and launched in 2001.

The Army Chief praised and acknowledged the excellent performances of all the participants and felicitated them by awarding them with Commendation Cards and cash incentives. The Medal winners will also be given out-of-turn promotions as per the policy of the Indian Army.

Addressing to the sportspersons, the Army Chief said that their individual performances have made the Indian Army and the entire nation proud.