Hockey Coach Sjoerd Marijne Under Scanner After Medal-Less CWG 2018 Run

| April 25 , 2018 , 13:46 IST

The Indian men’s hockey team’s recent lacklustre performances have put their coach Sjoerd Marijne under the scanner. The team performed below expectations at both Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

For the first time in 12 years, India failed to win a single medal in hockey at CWG and this hasn’t gone down well with the national federations who are not shying away from asking tough questions from the questionable parties.

It has been learnt that some senior players of the team, led by skipper Manpreet Singh, PR Sreejesh, and Rupinder Pal Singh, met top HI officials in New Delhi on Tuesday and presented their explanation for the performance.

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"The performance in Gold Coast is definitely not acceptable. It is below-par, to say the least. We have been providing all facilities to the team but they just fail to deliver in big events," one the HI official said to the media.

"We were one of the medal favourites but look how we performed against lower-ranked teams like Wales, Pakistan, New Zealand and England."

Even though Marijne's draws his salary from the Sports Authority of India (SAI), it is HI which reviews his performance.

Marijne is presently at his home in the Netherlands and is expected to join the national camp in Bengaluru from April 27. But sources said he would arrive in India only in the first week of May due to some visa issues.

"Hockey is a team game and the coach is also accountable for players' performances. It will be too early to comment anything but Sjoerd too will have to come up with answers for the poor show." the HI official added.