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Sjoerd Marijne says India achieved ‘something bigger’ than medal, to resign from coaching position

The Indian women's hockey team's chief coach Sjoerd Marijne on Friday revealed that the bronze medal match against Great Britain in the ongoing Olympics was his last assignment with the side.

By: PTI | Tokyo |
Updated: August 6, 2021 3:26:46 pm
India players celebrate a goal during the women's hockey bronze medal match against Britain. (AP)

A “proud” Indian women’s hockey team chief coach Sjoerd Marijne would not ask his players to hold back tears after a heart-breaking defeat in the Olympic bronze medal match but wants them to cherish the reality that they have inspired the country with their lion-hearted show.

The history-making Indian women team lost 3-4 to Great Britain in a hard-fought bronze play-off.

Nevertheless, it secured its best-ever finish, ending the Games in fourth position.

The team had already created history and surpassed all expectations by entering the semifinals of the Olympics for the first time.

“…first the emotion is about losing, yeah you want to win, but really is I feel proud. I’m proud of the girls, how they again showed their fight and skills,” the Dutch said.

“And I said to the girls, ‘Listen, I can’t take away your tears. No words will help for that. We didn’t win the medal, but I think we achieved something bigger, and it’s inspiring a country and make the country proud.’

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“…I think the world have seen another Indian team, and I’m really proud of that.”

Marijne also lavished praise on the players for the fighting spirit they displayed throughout the competition.

Over and out: Marijne says Olympic was last assignment as coach

The Indian women’s hockey team’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne on Friday revealed that the bronze medal match against Great Britain in the ongoing Olympics was his last assignment with the side.

Hours after this feat, Marijne announced that it was his last assignment with the Indian team.

“I don’t have any plans because this was my last match with Indian women. It’s upto Janneka (Schopman) now,” the Dutchman told the Indian media in a virtual press conference.

It has been learnt that both Marijne and team’s analytical coach Janneka Schopman were offered an extension by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) but the former refused the offer due to personal reasons.

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