Kiren Rijiju lauds Lalremsiami’s spirit for representing country despite father’s death

Last Updated: Sunday, 23 June 2019 (14:31 IST)
New Delhi: Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports on Sunday acknowledged the dedication of Indian women’s hockey striker who opted to play for the team at knockout games at the despite her father’s death.
 
Kiren Rijiju lauded Lalremsiami and shared a special post about her father’s death on his official Twitter handle.
 
“Indian women hockey player Lalremsiami’s father expired when India was to play a crucial semifinal at Hiroshima that would determine if India’s Olympics dream would be alive. She told coach, ‘I want to make my father proud. I want to stay, play and make sure India qualifies”, Rijiju tweeted on Sunday.
 
Sports Minister also congratulated the Indian Women’s Hockey team for securing a place in the Olympic Qualifiers 2019 after defeating Chile 4-2 in the semi-final match on Saturday.
 
Earlier on Friday, Lalremsiami lost her father, Lalthansanga Zote due to a heart attack.
 
Keeping her big personal loss aside, Lalremsiami showed exemplary courage and patriotism and decided to help her team in the ongoing FIH Series Finals in Hiroshima to keep India’s Olympics dream alive.
 
Captain Rani Rampal has also showered some of praise for the young forward and said the team is determined to win the tournament for her. (UNI)
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