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Pune Army Sports Institute is a training center for young athletes . The institute was formed in 2001 to help with sports in the region .

On Monday, as Jeremy Lalrinnunga claimed a weightlifting gold for India at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, cheers rang in the Punes Army Sports Institute, where he was first sharpened as an 11-year-old.The Jeremys medal had once more proved that the institutes' 21-year-old strategy of winning at the Olympics was succeeding.The 72-acre ASI in Pune is home to world-class facilities, but its scouts, who travel the country searching for boys who will one day run faster, dive deeper, lift heavier, and outlast all others, are its secret sauce.Jeremy was the one who found them.

According to Naib Subedar LD Krishna, a great candidate for the weightlifting class at ASI, Jeremy seemed to be one of the coaches who picked him for the Boys Sports Company (BSC), a special sports group for under-18 athletes.Achinta Sheuli, who captured another weightlifting gold in the 73kg class at Birmingham, and London Olympics boxer L Devendro Singh also developed their sporting skills at the BSC.Neeraj Chopra, who took the javelin gold at the 2012 Olympics, is also an alumnus, with a dedicated training facility named after him.Mission Olympics While the Sports Authority of India and other private training facilities now prepare promising junior athletes, ASI was the first with a residential training center for young boys in 2001, when only China, Russia, and some western countries had them.

We then went to work and created Mission Olympics to find key areas where the Army had a solid foundation and where the medal likelihood at the Games was high.They started with wrestling, weightlifting, athletics, boxing, and archery, before incorporating fencing and diving later in the season.Everything from diet to workout, conditioning, and discipline was then overhauled to make one thing possible: An ASI: A conveyor belt for athletes who want to compete at the Olympics.When the institute discovered that mental retardation was costing athletes gold, it began offering sports psychology training.

The college also goes out of its way to attract talented students.When Dronacharyaawardee boxing coach BB Mohanty took a 9-year-old boxer from Manipur, he says they realized we had to hire teachers for class IV training because we only had classes from class V at ASI.Singh earned a silver medal in the Asian meet and was invited to the London Games, and improvements were made.According to Mohanty, who retired in 2019, the BSC recruits are primarily from families of humble means.

Many people leave the military, but those who persist are inducted into the army once they reach the age of 18.Eyes On The FutureAs an ASI youth mentor, the future is in view for them.Sachin from Bhiwaniin Haryana joined the academy as an 11-year-old boy four years earlier.He is aiming to be a racewalker.

My father is a farmer, and my mother is a homemaker.They didnt hesitate to take me here.They have a lot of faith in the Army, he claims.Supradeep Saha, a 13-year-old diver from Howrah, West Bengal, says he was homeick at first, but realizes that his ambition of representing India and winning an Olympic medal is contingent on his participation in the college.

They found Neeraj Chopra at a national meet in 2016.Col Gill says that our job is to get them to board and prepare them for the future.The third route to ASI is by way of the Army's own sports meets, where scouts select potential winners.They discovered the Steeplechaser Avinash Sable, one of whom they found.

When we saw him then, we thought his style and temperament suited steeplechase better, says former ASI athletics chief coach Captain Amrish Kumar, who also saw Neeraj and pushed him to the Army's rolls.On Saturday, Avinash, 26, will compete in the 3000msteeplechase in Birmingham.