New Delhi: Miles away from household amid a worldwide well being disaster, the Indian girls’s hockey staff chief coach Sjoerd Marijne is protecting anxiousness at bay by focussing on writing a e book on his India expertise throughout the coronavirus-forced lockdown interval.
The 45-year-old Dutchman, who is predicated in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, admitted that it’s robust to be away from his spouse and youngsters — three daughters and a son — throughout the tough time.
“Like everybody else, I’ve my tough moments, not being with my household. I attempt to hold 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 plenty of fascinating stuff occurred which will be very useful for coaches and in enterprise life,” he stated.
Marijne was on his option 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 staff.
“I take it day-by-day and do not look an excessive amount of forward. My household is doing nicely again house and dealt with the state of affairs very nicely. A giant admiration for my spouse about how she is doing this. Not simple all the time with the youngsters again house and no social life anymore. With out her (help), I could not be right here,” he stated.
“It was robust (resolution) however I even have a duty to the staff and India.
“Once I determined to remain again, we have been nonetheless capable of do full coaching as nation-wide lockdown had not been introduced. It is good the whole core group is collectively so we are able to do different issues to make this era productive.”
With the COVID-19 pandemic protecting all sporting occasions shut and the Indian girls’s hockey aspect caught in Bengaluru, Marijne is utilising the time to work on staff bonding. They’re additionally engaged on their spoken English.
“I wish to be sure that this time we’ve, is spent usefully so that after that is throughout, we are able to look again at this era as a productive time spent,” he stated.
Marijne stated he is aware of he’s not the one one going by means of onerous instances.
“The ladies are additionally residing by the day and do miss their households however they’re additionally considering of the longer term. They do loads of exercises on a regular basis to remain as match as attainable.
“They’ve additionally been given duties like analysing all of the opponent international locations and make a presentation to us (help employees). We additionally watch motivational films like Mary Kom and Dangal,” he stated.
“Some women are studying English by themselves and we’ve 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 staff.
The Tokyo Olympics being pushed to 2021 due to the worldwide pandemic will assist his staff’s trigger, Marijne stated.
“It was the perfect resolution as you may learn that the variety of circumstances in Japan can be going up,” he added.
“Each nation can have one 12 months further to coach, we’ve a younger group so that may be profit for us.”
Speaking about his plan after the lockdown ends, he stated: “We can have a break after which will begin with camps as a result of the state of affairs is not going to be that we are able to begin instantly with excursions.”
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