Indian hockey player from Mizoram Lalremsiami hugs her mother after reaching home in Kolasib district on Tuesday Credit: EastMojo image

Aizawl: Lalremsiami, the 19-year-old hockey player from Mizoram who recently won hearts by deciding to stay back with the team for their knockout games in Japan and keep India’s Olympics dream alive, returned home to Kolasib district on Tuesday.

Laremsiami’s mother broke down and started crying on seeing her. However, she put on a brave face, holding her mother with a smile, and thanked everyone for standing by her and the family during the crisis.

In her short speech, which she delivered after reaching her native place, Lalremsiami also thanked everyone for sending her condolence messages and all the praises that she got for her dedication and sportsman spirit.

This was after the Mizoram Hockey Association dropped Lalremsiami till her home from the airport on Tuesday afternoon.

Mizo hockey player Lalremsiami delivering her vote of thanks at her native place in Kolasib, Mizoram after returning from Japan on Tuesday

Meanwhile, Kolasib DC Zoengsanga is reportedly mulling to take steps for her to own a plot of land. She also received a sum of Rs 10,000 as a condolence for her late father, Lalthansanga Zote.

On Monday, EastMojo had reported how a day before the Indian team was getting ready to play against Chile to secure a spot in the finals of the FIH Women’s Series Finals in Hiroshima, Japan, Lalremsiami got the news of her father’s death.

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However, keeping her personal loss aside, the 19-year-old striker won hearts nationwide by deciding to stay back with the team.

Union minister of state for youth affairs and sport Kiren Rijiju with Team India after their return from FIH Series Finals, in New Delhi on Tuesday

India went on to win the finals after defeating Chile 4-2 in the semifinals and Japan 3-1 in the finals to clinch the tournament.

Acknowledging Lalremsiami’s decision, Union minister of state for youth affairs and sports Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter on Sunday to narrate the incident. “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 Rijiju.

On Tuesday, Rijiju also extended the government’s help in provide all necessary support to the winning team in their preparation for the Olympics. “Our Indian Women Hockey Team is currently ranked 9th in the world and very good chances of qualifying for @Tokyo2020jp,” he tweeted.

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