Who is Lalremsiami?
Lalremsiami, a Mizoram hockey player, was the sole Indian athlete to compete in the Tokyo Olympics.
Lalremsiami has been appointed as the Mizoram sports and youth services department’s hockey chief coach, a group A position.
“Proud to announce that Govt. of Mizoram has approved the appointment of Ms Lalremsiami, National Hockey Player and the only Olympian from #Mizoram at the Tokyo Olympic 2020 to the post of Chief Coach (Hockey) Group-A post under Sports & Youth Services Department,” tweeted CM Zoramthanga.
Other rewards for Lalremsiami
The state administration had also awarded Lalremsiami a house site measuring 691.85 sq.m in her hometown of Kolasib earlier on Wednesday.The land belonged to the state’s Department of Land Resources, Water, and Soil Conservation.
The state government had already declared a Rs 25 lakh cash incentive for Lalremsiami in recognition of her Olympic participation and performance.
On June 24, the government gave her mother Lalzarmawii Rs 10 lakh out of the Rs 25 lakh.
On August 25, Lalremsiami will arrive in the state and will be greeted with a state welcome.
State plan to give a warm welcome to the Olympic star
According to state sports director Lalsangliana, a special celebration will be conducted on August 26 at Vanapa Hall in Aizawl to greet the hockey star and honour her for her achievements, with the Chief Minister in attendance.
“The remaining Rs 15 lakh cash incentive, job appointment letter and other rewards will be handed over to her during the ceremony,” he said.
He also stated that some organisations and individuals will reward Lalremsiami.
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More about Olympic stars from the state
The 21-year-old standout from Kolasib, Mizoram’s border town with Assam, is the first female Olympian from the sports-crazed state.
C. Lalremsanga, an archer who competed for India in the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics, was the state’s last Olympian.
In recognition of his participation in the Olympics, the state government appointed Lalremsanga to the position of coach (grade-II).
Lalremsiami competed in the Tokyo Olympics as a member of the Indian women’s hockey squad.
The Indian women’s hockey team’s hopes for a bronze medal were dashed, however, when they were defeated 3-4 by Great Britain for third place.