by NEWSNER , 2021-08-09 13:43:16
Behind India's historic win over Australia in the Olympic women's hockey semifinals, there are many heartbreaking stories of sacrifice. One of them is told below...
Lalremsiami, a young Indian hockey player, said on Sunday that being selected for the Tokyo-bound Indian delegation is the most significant success of her career because it allowed her to realise her late father's goal.
When the 21-year-old became the first female player from Mizoram to be selected for the Olympics, she made history.
Her inclusion on the Indian women's hockey team's 16-member Olympic roster also allowed her to achieve another remarkable feat: for the first time in 25 years, she was able to provide her state with an Olympian.
“...it's a huge deal for me. In an interview with PTI, Lalremsiami, who belongs from Kolasib in Mizoram, said, "It is the best success of my short career so far."
However, Lalremsiami had to pay a high price to ensure her place in the Indian team and a berth in the Tokyo-bound squad.
Last year in Hiroshima, Japan, she lost her biggest supporter, her father, only a day before India's semifinal match against Chile in the FIH Series Finals.
Rather than returning home, the teenage attacker overcame personal adversity and chose to remain with the team. India went on to win the event, defeating Japan 3-1 in the final.
Lalremsiami's main regret is that she was unable to wish her father farewell. “He was the biggest supporter. He had faith in every decision I took in my career. My only regret is that I couldn’t bid him a final goodbye. But he definitely would have been proud of my decision,” she stated.
“Remaining with the squad was the most difficult decision of my life, but I feel my Papa would be proud of my decision since he wanted me to represent my country and play in the Olympics one day.
“I wish Papa was still alive today to witness his daughter compete in the Olympics,” says the author. It was his fantasy, and I'm living it.”
Mizoram is known for producing footballers, archers, and martial art athletes, but not many people play hockey there.
When Lalremsiami decided to pursue hockey as a career, she didn't have many family members who supported her decision. It required a lot of persuasions to eventually gain the green light.
Source: The Indian Express