Indian women’s hockey team coach Sjoerd Marijne is focusing to writing a book. During this pandemic, he is thousands mile award from the family. The book is based on the experience of India. Sjoerd said that this is very difficult to stay away from the family in this situation. ” He has three daughters and a son.
” Like everyone else, I have my difficult moments, not being with my family. I try to keep myself as busy as possible. I am writing a book in the free time I have,” Marijne told PTI in an interview from SAI Centre in Bengaluru.
He added, “I have been in India for three and half years and much interesting stuff happened which can be very helpful for coaches and in business life.” Marijne was planning to reach to his country and family but due to lockdown his plan got failed.
“I take it day-by-day and don’t look too much ahead. My family is doing well back home and handled the situation very well. A big admiration for my wife about how she is doing this. Not easy always with the children back home and no social life anymore. Without her (support), I couldn’t be here,” he said.
” It was tough (decision) but I also have a responsibility to the team and India.”
“When I decided to stay back, we were still able to do full training as nation-wide lockdown had not been announced. It’s good the entire core group is together so we can do other things to make this period productive.” Due to coronavirus pandemic all the sports event has been postponed and cancelled so he is working on team bonding and try to improve his spoken English.
” I want to make sure that this time we have, is spent usefully so that once this is all over, we can look back at this period as a productive time spent,” he said.
The players are away from their families in these difficult times and can’t even train like they usually do because of the rules put in place by the government “The girls are also living by the day and do miss their families but they are also thinking of the future. As they do a lot of workouts every day to stay as fit as possible.”
” They have also been given tasks like analysing all the opponent countries and make a presentation to us (support staff). We also watch motivational movies like Mary Kom and Dangal,” he added.
Along with this he said, “Some girls are learning English by themselves and we have individual video meetings with the players. We try to use the time as productively as possible.”
Marijne has also coached Indian men’s team.
Sjoerd Marijne is coach of the Indian women’s hockey team and team has qualified for Tokyo Olympics under him.