Lalremsiami, first Mizoram Olympian, showered with awards for making India proud

Tokyo Olympics: Lalremsiami of India in action against their match against Australia. (REUTERS / Kim Hong-Ji)

The winner of the International Hockey Federation’s Rising Female Star of the Year in 2020 took a liking to the sport from an early age. Lalremsiami joined a public academy in Thenzawl, about 91 km from Aizawl (capital of Mizoram) in 2011 when she was only 11 years old.

There was no turning back.

The Indian forward captured the hearts of sports fans in 2019 when she chose to stay with her team and play the FIH Women’s Series in Japan despite the death of her father Lalthansanga Zote. The Indian team won the series after beating Japan to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

Lalremsiami and his team came close to the medal in Tokyo. The Indian women’s hockey team lost 3-4 to Great Britain in a bronze medal playoff, but the hard-hearted team managed to record their best ever result at the Games. Their incredible journey of finishing last in Rio in 2016 at 4th in Tokyo is to be celebrated. And we celebrate:

The promising young Indian was offered the Group A position in appreciation of her performance by the Mizoram government. Lalremsiami has been appointed the head coach of the discipline of hockey in the state’s sports and youth department, a Group A position similar to the rank of deputy director.

The state government has also allocated land of 691.85 square meters to Lalremsiami in his hometown of Kolasib.

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The state government also earlier announced a cash award of Rs 25 lakh for Lalremsiami, of which Rs 10 lakh was given to his mother Lalzarmawii on June 24.

Lalremsiami will arrive in Mizoram on August 25 and state athletic director Lalsangliana said a special function will be held at Vanapa Hall in Aizawl on August 26 to warmly welcome the hockey star.

“The remaining Rs 15 lakh cash incentive, nomination letter and other awards will be presented to him at the ceremony,” he said.

Lalremsiami is the state’s first female Olympian. The last Olympian in the state was archer C. Lalremsanga who represented India at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and Atlanta in 1996.

She joined the National Hockey Academy in New Delhi in 2016, made her national debut at the Nehru Junior Hockey Tournament in October 2011 and was selected for the Asian Under-18 Cup in India in December 2016.

In 2017, she received her first call-up to the senior squad and is the first Mizoram athlete to win a medal at the Asian Games – the silver medal for hockey that India won in 2018.

The Indian team had won the series after beating Japan to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. She was also appointed sports ambassador of the University of Mizoram in July 2019.

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