Dutchman Sjoerd Marijne appointed Chief Coach of Indian men's hockey team

Sjoerd Marijne
Sjoerd Marijne
Dutchman Sjoerd Marijne has been appointed as the Chief Coach of the Indian men's hockey team, succeeding fellow Dutchman Roelant Oltmans, who was sacked by Hockey India on September following the country's poor showing at the World League Semi-Final in June this year. 
Marijne, 43, was until now the Chief Coach of the Indian women's team and he will be succeeded in that position by Dronacharya awardee Harendra Singh, a press release from Hockey India said.
Marijne is currently in Holland for the Europe Tour which begins today and will take over his new assignment on his return to India. He was appointed as Chief Coach of the Indian women’s team in February this year. He is the eighth foreign coach of the Indian men's team in the last decade.
Under him, the women's team won the World League Round 2 as well as the five-match series against Belarus. In the most recent outing, the team finished 8th in the World League Semi Final in Johannesburg. 
“Firstly, I would like to thank the Hon’ble Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Mr. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore for his swift action on appointing the new Chief Coach for the Indian Men’s Team as well as appointing the Chief Coach for the Indian Women’s Team. His timely action will help the teams prepare well for the upcoming all-important Asia Cup in October,”  Md. Mushtaque Ahmad, Secretary General, Hockey India, said.
He was confident that Marijne and Harendra Singh in their new roles will help Indian hockey grow to its desired heights.
“I congratulate both Sjoerd Marijne and Harendra Singh. While Sjoerd is young and dynamic, has coached both the Netherlands U21 Mens Team and Senior Women's Team, Harendra too comes with plenty of coaching experience and the highlight of his career was winning the Junior Men’s World Cup last year. We at Hockey India are confident the duo will work to the best of their abilities to bring glory to Indian hockey,” he added.
“I’m excited to take the new role and thank Hockey India for showing their confidence in my abilities,” said Marijne. 
Harendra Singh said, “After the Junior World Cup success, I am excited to take up this new role with the Women’s Team and would like to thank Hockey India for considering me for the new assignment.”
The decisions were taken at the Joint Committee Meeting of Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Hockey India (HI) held at SAI here yesterday.
Harendra Singh was also the Chief Coach of the Senior Men's hockey team from 2008 to 2009 and national coach from 2009 to 2010. He is a Level III certified coach. Mr Harendra Singh will take over the new responsibility shortly.
Oltmans, 63, was appointed as the chief coach of the Indian men's team in July 2015 after fellow Dutchman Paul van Ass was removed five months after taking charge.
Oltmans, who was then working with Hockey India as its high performance director, had earlier coached the Netherlands to the Olympic gold medal in 1996 and the World Cup title two years later.


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