Lalremsiami

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Lalremsiami
Personal information
Born (2000-03-30) 30 March 2000 (age 19)
Mizoram, India
Height 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)
Weight 52 kg (115 lb)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Sports Authority of India
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Sports Authority of India
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– India 42 (15)

Lalremsiami (born 30 March 2000) is a Mizo Indian professional field hockey player who plays as a forward for the Indian national team. At the club level, she plays for Sports Authority of India.[1] Lalremsiami was a part of the 18-member squad that represented India at the 2018 World Cup. At the Asian Games that followed, she became the first sportsperson from Mizoram to win an Asian medal after she won silver.

Early life[edit]

Lalremsiami was born into a family of agriculturists in Kolasib, a town approximately 80 kilometres (50 mi) from Aizawl, Mizoram.[2] Her father, Lalthansanga Zote, is a farmer and mother, Lazarmawii, a homemaker. Lalremsiami was selected to join a hockey academy run by the government of Mizoram in Thenzawl, Serchhip when she was 11.[3] In 2016, she joined the National Hockey Academy in New Delhi.[4][5] Struggling with Hindi during this time, she picked up the language with the help of teammates who call her 'Siami', a shortened nickname of her full name.[6]

Career[edit]

Lalremsiami was included in the Under-18 Indian side that played at the Asia Cup in 2016, before being drafted to the senior camp the following year by Baljit Singh Saini, then the coach of the junior team.[7] She represented the U-18 side at Asian Youth Olympic Games qualifier, that her side finished second in. Lalremsiami finished the tournament scoring seven goals in five games.[8] She was included in the senior team that went on to win gold at the 2017 Asia Cup.[9] She was included in the side that competed in the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy, winning the second place. She played in a total of 31 minutes on the field across five matches scoring two goals, including an equalizer in a crucial final round-robin match. Consequently, she was named the tournament's 'U-21 rising star award'.[8]

Lalremsiami was included in the 18-member squad for the 2018 World Cup as India's youngest player at 18.[2] After strong performances in the league games, Lalremsiami scored her first and only goal of the tournament in the crossover match against Italy. Receiving an assist at the far post sent in off a long corner by Reena Khokhar, Lalremsiami scored off the reverse stick on seeing goalkeeper Martina Chirico advance, giving her side an early 1–0 lead.[10] India advanced to the quarter-final after a 3–0 win.[11] Facing Ireland in the quarter-final, her side lost in the penalty shoot-out[12] and finished in the eighth place.[13]

Lalremsiami scored four goals at the Jakarta Asian Games that followed the World Cup. The first goal came in the 24th minute of the group stage game against Indonesia that her team went on to win 8–0.[14] She scored a hat-trick in a 21–0 victory over Kazakhstan in the next game; the win margin was India's second best at the Games.[15] Following good performances, her team lost to Japan by a 1–2 margin in the final, settling for the silver medal.[16] In the process, Lalremsiami became the first sportsperson from Mizoram to win an Asian Games medal.[17] In the five-a-side event at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics that year, she helped India secure a silver medal, their first in the history of the Games.[18] Lalremsiami scored nine goals in the competition, that included braces against Austria,[19] Uruguay[20] and Vanuatu.[21]

Lalremsiami scored a brace against Spain in her team's 5–2 win against them on their tour of the country in January 2019.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hockey India names 33 players for junior women's national camp". The Hans India. Archived from the original on 16 July 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Mizo girl Siami lets her hockey stick do all the talking". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  3. ^ Zothansanga, John (19 August 2018). "Asian Games 2018: The making of Lalremsiami, Indian hockey's brightest prospect". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 3 September 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ "India hockey team-ah Mizo nula Lalremsiami". Inkhel.com. Archived from the original on 28 July 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  5. ^ "'As long as they're talking about hockey I can catch up'". ESPN. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  6. ^ "CWG 2018: Hockey helps Mizo girl Lalremsiami learn hindi". mykhel.com. 22 March 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  7. ^ Veerappa, Manuja (25 March 2018). "Mizo girl Siami lets her hockey stick do all the talking". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  8. ^ a b Ninan, Susan (22 May 2018). "'As long as they're talking about hockey I can catch up'". ESPN. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Hockey India names 18-member Indian Women's Hockey Team for the 18th Asian Games". The Statesman. 7 July 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  10. ^ Sen, Debayan (1 August 2018). "Lalremsiami takes big steps as India march on". ESPN. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Hockey WC: Lalremsiami, Vandana help India enter last eight". ESPN. 31 July 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Hockey Women's World Cup: Ireland beat India in shootout to reach semi-finals". BBC Sport. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Women's Hockey World Cup: Indian Women Lose To Ireland In Quarter-Finals Via Shoot Off". NDTV. Press Trust Of India. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Asian Games 2018: Indian women's hockey team thrash Indonesia 8-0 in opener". The Indian Express. Press Trust of India. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  15. ^ Ganesan, Uthra (21 August 2018). "Asiad hockey: Indian women's team mauls Kazakhstan 21-0". Sportstarlive. Archived from the original on 3 September 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  16. ^ Ganesan, Uthra (31 August 2018). "Asian Games: India women claim silver in hockey after 1-2 loss to Japan". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Lalremsiami first Mizo sportsperson to win an Asiad medal". Northeast Now. 2 September 2018. Archived from the original on 3 September 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Maiden Youth Olympic silver medals for Indian hockey teams". The Tribune. Press Trust of India. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  19. ^ "India women beat Austria 4-2 in Youth Olympics hockey". The Times of India. Press Trust of India. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Youth Olympics hockey 5s: Lalremsiami scores a brace as India beat Uruguay 2-1". Scroll.in. Press Trust of India. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Youth Olympics: Indian women's hockey team thrash Vanuatu 16-0". Rediff.com. Press Trust of India. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Hockey: Lalremsiami brace helps India defeat Spain 5-2". Scroll.in. 29 January 2019. Archived from the original on 6 February 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.

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