Exclusive: 'Mizoram aims to have more and more players in the National Team'
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Exclusive: 'Mizoram aims to have more and more players in the National Team'

EastMojo's exclusive interview with Hockey Mizoram President Ms Zothankimi

Aizawl: Led by President Ms Zothankimi and General Secretary Mr Lalrinfela, Hockey Mizoram has worked towards the growth of hockey in the state and have shown tremendous zeal in promoting the sport at various districts. They have also worked towards developing a well-oiled Coaching setup equipped with modern techniques.

Hockey Mizoram has always been proactive in the development of hockey at the grass root levels, especially in the women category. Hockey star Lalremsiami from Mizoram was named the 2019 FIH Women’s Rising Star of the Year by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

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Hockey Mizoram was recently awarded the Best Hockey India Member Unit for 2019-2020 at the 10th Hockey India Congress.

Speaking exclusively with EastMojo about the same, the President of Hockey Mizoram, Ms Zothankimi said, "It feels fantastic to be rewarded for the work we have been doing in Mizoram to develop the sport of hockey."

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Excerpts from the interview:

Q Hockey Mizoram has been awarded the Best Hockey India Member Unit for 2019-2020 at the 10th Hockey India Congress. How does it feel as a unit to be conferred upon such a prestigious title?

It feels fantastic to be rewarded for the work we have been doing in Mizoram to develop the sport of hockey. Traditionally, we are a state that has fan-following for football more than hockey, but over the past few years, the success of our players like Lalremsiami and few others junior players have made the sport popular. We have been using these personal success stories to get more children to play the sport, and we have done a lot of groundwork in terms of improving the infrastructure here. Hockey India is a very professionally run Federation, and we want to be like them when it comes to sports administration. It is very encouraging that Hockey India recognises good work done by State Member Units by awarding them.

Ms Zothankimi, President Hockey Mizoram

Q. How has Hockey Mizoram been working for the growth and promotion of the sport in Mizoram?

As I mentioned before, we have been working towards developing infrastructure in the state and conduct regular coaching camps for young players. We recently launched a website for Hockey Mizoram which will have all the details of state-level tournaments, camps, details on how to enrol etc. We aim to have more and more players from Mizoram state in the National Team.

Ms Zothankimi, President Hockey Mizoram

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Q. What is the current infrastructure scenario for hockey in the state and how do you plan for its further development?

Currently, Mizoram has two full-size Synthetic Pitches; one at the SAG extension centre at Thenzawl and the other at Kawnpui. The Foundation stone has been laid for installation of a full-size synthetic Pitch at Muallungthu and also construction work has started for a Lalremsiami 5-a-side Hockey Ground at Kolasib. We are also in discussion with the State Government for installation of more Synthetic Pitches in the state of Mizoram.

Ms Zothankimi, President Hockey Mizoram

Q. Hockey Mizoram has been proactive in the development of hockey at the grass root levels, especially in the women category, so what kind of an impact did the pandemic outbreak and the lockdown have had on these initiatives?

Yes, we have been proactive in developing hockey at the grassroots level and the pandemic did halt some of these initiatives due to state govt guidelines. However, we have made use of this time to develop infrastructure and also made our officials from the state attend Hockey India's online courses for umpires, technical officials and coaches.

Ms Zothankimi, President Hockey Mizoram

Q. How much of an impact will it have upon the whole unit going ahead being awarded as the best Hockey India Member Unit?

It has made a huge impact on us, overall. The award is a big motivation for us to do better and show results. As I said, we aim to have more and more players in the India team from Mizoram and also make hockey popular in this region.

Ms Zothankimi, President Hockey Mizoram

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