Mizoram's Lalremsiami to play for Indian women’s hockey squad at Tokyo Olympics
File image of hockey player Lalremsiami

Guwahati: Women athletes from the Northeast are making big headway towards Tokyo Olympics 2020 as Mizoram’s Lalremsiami became the first female Mizo from the state to get selected for the coveted games.

Lalremsiami will be playing with the Indian Women’s Hockey team as a forward at Tokyo 2020.

Manipur’s Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam will also be playing for team India as a midfielder.

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga took to Twitter to announce the news of Lalremsiami’s selection. He wrote, “Mizoram’s Lalremsiami @Lalremsiami30 will be participating in the Tokyo Olympics 2021 as part of the Indian Women’s Hockey Team to be the first female Mizo Olympian.
I wish #TeamIndia the very best!”

Lalremsiami had set an other worldly example of dedication to her father’s dream as she chose to play a crucial knockout game to secure a spot in the finals of the FIH Women’s Series Finals in Hiroshima, Japan, even as her father passed away.

“I want to make my father proud. I want to stay, play and make sure India qualifies,” she was quoted as saying to her coach by Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.

Lalremsiami represented the U-18 side at the Asian Youth Olympic Games qualifier, which her side finished second. The young Mizo star finished the tournament scoring seven goals in five games. She was included in the senior team that went on to win Gold at the 2017 Asia Cup.

At the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy, Lalremsiami played a total of 31 minutes on field across five matches and scored two goals, including an equalizer in a crucial final round-robin match. Consequently, she was given the tournament’s ‘U-21 rising star award’.

In the five-a-side event at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics the same year, she helped India secure a Silver medal, their first in the history of the Games. Lalremsiami scored nine goals in the competition, which included braces against Austria, Uruguay and Vanuatu.

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