Hockey: Rani inspires young strikers during lockdown: Lalremsiami

Hockey: Rani inspires young strikers during lockdown: Lalremsiami

New Delhi: Indian women's hockey team's young striker Lalremsiyami has said that captain Rani and vice-captain Savita maintained the morale of the players during their stay at the Cy Center in Bengaluru for more than two and a half months during the lockdown enforced due to corona virus. Lalremsiyami, one of the youngest members of the Indian women's team, said- If the team did not have senia like Rani or Savita, it would have been difficult for us to spend so many days in the hostel room. They kept our morale up.

The player from Mizoram said - First of all when the lockdown started in March, we did not understand the seriousness of the situation but we followed the rules strictly. After this one of the team doctors told us about the epidemic and then we came to know how serious it is.

He said- Senior players also talked to us and asked if there is any problem. They did not let us miss home. He kept telling us his experience with the Indian team and the Rio Olympics, which inspired us to play the Olympics.

Lalremsiyami is currently in institutional segregation in her hometown of Kolasib after receiving a month-long break from Hockey India. He said- At first I thought not to go because 21 days of segregation is mandatory in Mizoram but I have not met my mother and family for four months and once I go to Bengaluru in July the focus will be on hockey.