The world cup-winning junior team coach Harendra Singh has been chosen as High Performance Specialist coach for the senior women’s team, PTI reported. Moreover, women’s national hockey coach Sjoerd Marijne was appointed chief coach of the men’s team, replacing the sacked Roelant Oltmans.

“Current Chief Coach of Indian Senior Women Hockey Team, Mr. Waltherus Marijne,will take over as Chief Coach of Indian Senior Men Hockey Team,” newly-appointed Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore tweeted.

Marijne will start his coaching spree on September 20. He is currently busy in an ongoing tour of Europe with the women’s team. Once the team and coach return, training will begin in earnest. Meanwhile, Singh has committed to be on the job by Saturday, September 9.

“Pleased to announce appt of Sh Harendra Singh, Dronacharya Award winner, as High Performance Specialist Coach fr Indian Snr Women Hockey Team,” the Minister added.

To Train Teams For Tokyo Olympics

Hockey India official has confirmed that both Marijne and Harendra have been appointed for a tenure running up to ehe 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The decision has come as a surprise for the Indian women’s hockey team. It was also said that Marijne was hesitant to take up the job initially. The 43-year-old Dutchman gamer has been the Indian women’s coach since February this year. However, since his area of activities has never been near the national men’s team before, the reluctance in decision making was very noticeable.

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Oltmans was terminated from the post of the men’s team coach last Saturday (Sept 2) following his inability to make performances better than the past, Marijne finally gave his approval for the job to the Hockey India and SAI offer.

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