After a torrid year which saw him suffer two injuries and contract the dreaded Covid-19 virus, Jeremy is all rejuvenated and ready to do what it takes to succeed at senior level, starting with the multi-sport event in Birmingham.
“This is my first CWG and I feel great. After the Youth Olympics it will be the biggest competition for me after four years because I missed the Olympics,” Jeremy, who competes in the 67kg weight category, told PTI.
Jeremy burst onto the scene in 2018 when he became the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
India’s history at the Commonwealth Games
Weightlifter Mizoram has been touted as one for the future in the sport, but while he managed to break youth world records, Jeremy’s performance at senior level leaves a lot to be desired.
“I realized that I had to work a lot harder because the total I was lifting wasn’t good enough. It also made me realize how difficult the Olympics are, from junior to senior.”
The past year has been tough for the 19-year-old. At the Asian Championships, he finished a disappointing eight.
It was later revealed that he had a knee problem, which also affected his performance at the World Junior Championships.
“There was a tendon problem in my knee. Water filled up behind my knee. I had to have surgery for that.”
His below-average Asian league outing also cost him a place in the Olympics. His miserable luck continued as a few weeks before the World Championships he developed severe back pain.
However, he managed to finish fourth.
“There was a problem near my spine, in my upper back, but I also participated in the world championships.
To make matters worse, the teenager contracted Covid-19 late last year.
“I caught Covid-19 on December 31. I had a sore throat and a fever. After that my body weight dropped to 63-62 kg, it was a difficult time.
“I struggled to recover. I was in quarantine alone for 15 days,” said the jovial athlete.
The time away from training has helped him reset, reflect on his training and assess his goals.
“I had time to reflect and now I want to do well at the CWG. I will definitely try to go beyond my personal best.”
Talha Talib was expected to be Jeremy’s biggest contender for the CWG title, but the Pakistani athlete will miss the CWG as he faces doping sanctions.
“Yes, it’s good for me. But it’s a shame that he was involved in doping. I’m sad for him, his four years are over now. He shouldn’t have done it.”