Miles away from household amid a worldwide well being disaster, the Indian ladies’s hockey group chief coach Sjoerd Marijne is preserving anxiousness at bay by specializing in writing a e book on his India expertise throughout the coronavirus-forced lockdown interval. The 45-year-old Dutchman, who relies in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, admitted that it’s powerful to be away from his spouse and kids — three daughters and a son — throughout the troublesome time. “Like everybody else, I’ve my troublesome moments, not being with my household. I attempt to preserve myself as busy as attainable. I’m writing a e book within the free time I’ve,” Marijne informed PTI in an interview from SAI Centre in Bengaluru.
“I’ve been in India for 3 and half years and lots of attention-grabbing stuff occurred which might be very useful for coaches and in enterprise life,” he stated.
Marijne was on his solution to the Netherlands simply earlier than the nationwide lockdown however modified his thoughts and returned halfway contemplating the well-being of his household and his group.
“I take it day-by-day and do not look an excessive amount of forward. My household is doing properly again house and dealt with the state of affairs very properly. A giant admiration for my spouse about how she is doing this. Not simple at all times with the youngsters again house and no social life anymore. With out her (help), I could not be right here,” he stated.
“It was powerful (resolution) however I even have a accountability to the group and India.”
“Once I determined to remain again, we had been nonetheless in a position to do full coaching as nation-wide lockdown had not been introduced. It is good your entire core group is collectively so we will do different issues to make this era productive.”
With the COVID-19 pandemic preserving all sporting occasions shut and the Indian ladies’s hockey aspect caught in Bengaluru, Marijne is utilising the time to work on group bonding.
They’re additionally engaged on their spoken English.
“I need to be sure that this time we now have, is spent usefully so that when that is throughout, we will look again at this era as a productive time spent,” he stated.
Marijne stated he is aware of he isn’t the one one going by exhausting instances.
“The women are additionally dwelling by the day and do miss their households however they’re additionally considering of the long run. They do plenty of exercises on a regular basis to remain as match as attainable.”
“They’ve additionally been given duties like analysing all of the opponent nations and make a presentation to us (help workers). We additionally watch motivational motion pictures like Mary Kom and Dangal,” he stated.
“Some ladies are studying English by themselves and we now have particular person video conferences with the gamers. We attempt to use the time as productively as attainable,” added the Dutchman, who has additionally coached the Indian males’s group.
The Tokyo Olympics being pushed to 2021 due to the worldwide pandemic will assist his group’s trigger, Marijne stated.
“It was one of the best resolution as you’ll be able to learn that the variety of circumstances in Japan can be going up,” he added. “Each nation could have one 12 months further to coach, we now have a younger group so that may be a profit for us.”
Speaking about his plan after the lockdown ends, he stated: “We could have a break after which will begin with camps as a result of the state of affairs is not going to be that we will begin instantly with excursions.”