The Tokyo Olympics was a phenomenal feat for the Indian Women’s hockey team as they finished fourth after losing the Bronze medal match. The Indian Eves were outstanding from start to finish and one such player who played an integral role was Lalremsiami. The 21-year-old striker was brilliant for India at the Summer Games.
Speaking about her experience at the Olympics, Lalremsiami said, “I was a bit nervous, to be honest, and it kind of reflected in my performances in the first three matches. But, senior players and coaching staff helped me and other junior players to calm our nerves down, they kept motivating us and asked us to express ourselves freely. We stuck to each other, played like a unit, and I think that really helped us to do well when it mattered the most.”
“We went on to beat a strong team like Australia in the Quarter Final and qualified for the first-ever Semi-Finals at the Olympics. You know, it’s a very special feeling to be a part of history, and this is something I will cherish for a lifetime. The love and support from our fans have motivated us to do even better, and we want to make them proud again,” Lalremsiami added.
Siami was an inspiration to many players as she showed tremendous sacrifice and courage. Despite hearing the news of her father’s demise during the FIH Women’s Series Finals 2019, the youngster decided to stay back. The Indian Women’s team went on to win the tournament 3-1 against Japan in the finals.
Siami revealed that she has fulfilled her father’s wish to feature for the national team. But she has no signs of stopping as she aims for that elusive Olympic medal.
“One of the dreams of my father is fulfilled. And now, I want to win an Olympic medal for him. No doubt, we missed the Bronze medal by a whisker, but if we look at the positives, I think we have gained a lot of confidence, and it will help us to do even better in the future,” said the young striker from Mizoram.
The youngster does not want to bask in the glory of the Tokyo Olympics as she clearly stated that now is the time to focus on the Paris Olympics.
“It’s time to move forward, and focus on the Paris Olympics. Our priority is to win the Gold medal at the Asian Games 2022, which means we qualify directly for the 2024 Olympic Games,” Lalremsiami concluded.