Indian women's hockey team's chief coach Sjoerd Marijne on Friday revealed that the bronze medal match against Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 was his last assignment with the side.
The 47-year-old coached the Indian women's hockey team to its best ever performance in the Tokyo Olympic 2020, guiding them to a fourth-place finish. The Indian women came close to winning their maiden Olympic medal before losing to Great Britain 3-4 in the bronze play-off match. Hours after this feat, Sjoerd 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 up to Janneka (Schopman) now," the Dutchman said.
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.
As per reports, Schopman is expected to take over Marine's position on a full-time basis now. Sjoerd Marijne, a former Dutch player, took over the reins of the Indian women's team first in 2017, but was appointed the coach of the men's side later that year.
However, in 2018, he was re-designated the women's coach in a rejigging of roles.