Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 12, 2020: India’s Lalremsiami has been voted the 2019 FIH Women’s Rising Star of the Year by the International Hockey Federation.
The Indian striker had a memorable 2019 and was in the form of her life, scoring a lot of goals and performing well just when the team needed it, reports the Asian Hockey Federation.
Lalremsiami has been making a name for herself ever since her debut in 2017. She has been the top goal scorer twice in her ever rising career. The world of hockey started recognising her work at the Vitality Hockey Women’s World cup in 2018 when she had great performances throughout the event.
India beat Japan in the final of the Ready Steady Tokyo hockey test event; Lalremsiami played an outstanding final and helped India by scoring the winning goal.
The main goal of the women’s team in 2019 was to earn qualification for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. India took top spot in the FIH Series final over eight other teams and Lalremsiami was a consistent performer in this competition. This set up two Olympic qualifiers with USA.
India won the first match 5-1 but lost the second 4-1 to qualify 6-5 on aggregate.
“The Indian striker’s constant running and creativity caused USA problems throughout these matches. It was a proud moment for Indian hockey and we hope Lalremsiami continues to achieve greatness,” said the AHF.