Women’s hockey coach Marijne shifted to men’s team

India’s women’s hockey team chief coach Sjoerd Marijne will take charge of the men’s team, while the eves will be coached by 2016 junior World Cup-winning team coach Harendra Singh, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) announced on Friday.

Dutchman Marijne, who will helm the men’s team after his return from the ongoing Europe tour with the women’s team, will fill in the position of Roelant Oltmans, who was sacked last week.

Oltmans was removed by Hockey India (HI) which said that “the current format of coaching was not showing results beyond a certain level”.

The women’s team will play their last match of the four-match European tour on September 18.

Harendra, who didn’t re-apply for the post of junior team coach after his 2016 World Cup success, will join the women’s team. He is a Level III certified coach.

“The expertise and coaching skills of Harendra Singh have been duly recognised by SAI and Hockey India as his appointment was confirmed during the Joint Committee Meeting held at SAI Head Office here on Thursday,” the SAI statement read.

“This decision has been taken jointly by SAI and Hockey India on the basis of recent and past performance of Harendra Singh, wherein due to his coaching techniques, teaching skill and motivational tools led to the victory of the junior men team in the Junior Men World Cup in 2016 at Lucknow.”

The former international player has also shouldered the responsibility as the chief coach of the senior men’s team from 2008 to 2009 and assistant coach from 2009 to 2010.

“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,” Harendra said.

Marijne previously served as the chief coach of the all-conquering Dutch women’s team which was bested by Britain in the 2016 Olympic final.

Marijne, who has played for the Netherlands, also coached the Dutch Under-21 women’s side to the World Cup title as well as the senior side to the gold medal at the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi Finals in 2015.

Between 2011-2014, he was the head coach for the Netherlands Under-21 men’s team.

Under Marijne, the women’s team won the Hockey World League (HWL) Round 2 as well as the five-match Series against Belarus. In the most recent outing, the team finished eighth in the HWL Semi Final in Johannesburg.

“I’m excited to take the new role and thank Hockey India for showing confidence in my abilities,” said Marijne.

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